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Title: Essays on the Economics of Education
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1. Imberman, Scott Andrew
Essays on the Economics of Education
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, 2008
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Maryland
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); College Education; Educational Attainment; Educational Outcomes; Family Influences; Geographical Variation; School Characteristics/Rating/Safety

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Part I: Charter schools are publicly funded schools that, in exchange for expanded accountability, receive more autonomy and experience fewer regulations than traditional public schools. Previous work has found mixed evidence on the impacts of charter schools on both charter and non-charter students. However, these studies focus almost exclusively on test scores and may not fully account for endogenous movements of students and location of schools. Using data from an anonymous large urban school district, I investigate how charter schools affect both charter and noncharter students. In the first chapter I look at the effects of charter schools on charter students. I find that charter schools generate improvements in student behavior and attendance but the effects on test scores differ by subject. These results change little after correcting for selection based on changes in outcomes, endogenous attrition, or persistence. In the second chapter I investigate whether charters affect students who remain in non-charter schools. I find little evidence of charter school impacts on non-charter students. However I also find evidence that regressions using school fixed-effects may be biased. Changes in peer characteristics do not appear to play a large role in the charter impacts.
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Imberman, Scott Andrew. Essays on the Economics of Education. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, 2008.