Camille Terrier: Fiscal and Educational Spillovers from Charter Expansion
Job talk. Camille Terrier is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. She will present a paper entitled "Fiscal and Educational Spillovers from Charter Expansion", co-authored by Matthew Ridley.
The fiscal and educational consequences of charter expansion for non-charter students are central issues in the debate over charter schools. Does the charter sector drain resources and high-achieving peers from non-charter schools? This paper answers these questions using an empirical strategy that exploits a 2011 reform that lifted caps on charter schools for underperforming districts in Massachusetts. We use complementary synthetic control instrumental variable (IV-SC) and differences-in-differences instrumental variables (IV-DiD) estimators. The results suggest increased charter attendance encourages districts to shift expenditure in the traditional sector from support services to instruction and salaries. At the same time, charter expansion has a small positive effect on non-charter students’ achievement.
Host: Edwin Leuven