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The effect of school choice on student's academic performance : Evidence from policy change in Korea

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  • Choi, Jaesung; Hwang, Jisoo
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Title The effect of school choice on student's academic performance
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Evidence from policy change in Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Choi, Jaesung; Hwang, Jisoo

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[Rochester, U.S.]:Social Science Research Network

Date 2014-03
Pages 27
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
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Abstract

We test the effect of school choice on students’ academic performance by exploiting the change in high school assignment program in Seoul, Korea from within-district randomization to open enrollment. Using administrative level data on high school students’ National Assessment of Educational Achievement test scores, we find no evidence that enhanced school choice improved average test scores in Seoul. However, we find differential effects across school types – regular high schools’ test scores fell whereas newly converted selective private high schools’ test scores rose substantially. Increased sorting across schools is shown to have adverse effects particularly on low-ability students.