School Choice & Competition

Choice and competition for students was promoted prominently in the early 1990s as a key ingredient for spurring educational productivity improvements (see, for instance, Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools by John Chubb and Terry Moe). Since then there has been considerable growth in educational options through charter schools, and, in some selected cases, vouchers allowing parents to spend public dollars on private school education. CEDR researchers have made important contributions to our knowledge of the implications of choice and competition. For more background on this, click here.