The Illusion of Choice: Evidence from Barcelona

Caterina Calsamiglia, Maia Guell

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Abstract

In the last two decades, over two-thirds of OECD countries have augmented families’ capacity to choose schools for their children beyond those closest to their homes (Musset, 2012). The aims of school choice are to improve (1) the matching between children and schools and (2) students’ educational outcomes. At the same time, (3) there are equity concerns around school choice as maybe disadvantaged families are less able to exercise choice. Calsamiglia and Güell exploit a very rich administrative data set that contains all primary school applications in the city of Barcelona.
Original languageEnglish
TypeFocus Paper Series
PublisherEdinburgh School of Economics Focus Paper Series
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Publication series

NameFocus Paper Series
PublisherEdinburgh School of Economics
No.15

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