Can public policy affect private school cream skimming?

David N. Figlio*, Joe A. Stone

*Corresponding author for this work

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We investigate how key school and community characteristics interact with the characteristics of individual students and families in determining the enrollment patterns in public and private schools. Using unique, nationally-representative, individual-level data, we find evidence that a number of factors plausibly influenced by public policy (e.g., school-district concentration, student-teacher ratios, and local violent crime rates) have powerful effects on the composition of public and private schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-266
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies


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