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Charter Schools and Labor Market Outcomes

Will Dobbie and Roland G. Fryer

Journal of Labor Economics, 2020, vol. 38, issue 4, 915 - 957

Abstract: We estimate the impact of charter schools on early-life labor market outcomes in Texas. We find that, at the mean, charter schools have no impact on test scores and a negative impact on earnings. No Excuses charter schools increase test scores and 4-year college enrollment but have a statistically insignificant impact on earnings, although the coefficient is almost identical to what one would expect given the correlation between test scores and wages. Other types of charter schools decrease test scores, 4-year college enrollment, and earnings, and surprisingly the decrease in wages is more negative than one would anticipate.

Date: 2020
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