What parents want: school preferences and school choice
Burgess, SM, Greaves, EJ, Vignoles, AF & Wilson, DJ, 2015, What parents want: school preferences and school choice. The Economic Journal, vol 125., pp. 1262-1289
We investigate parents’ preferences for school attributes in a unique dataset of survey, administrative, census and spatial data. Using a conditional logit, incorporating characteristics of households, schools, and home-school distance, we show that most families have strong preferences for schools’ academic performance. Parents also value schools’ socio-economic composition and distance, which may limit the potential of school choice to improve academic standards. Most of the variation in preferences for school quality across socio-economic groups arises from differences in the quality of accessible schools rather than differences in parents’ preferences, although more advantaged parents have stronger preferences for academic performance.
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