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The Determinants and Consequence of School Choice Errors in Kenya

Adrienne Lucas and Isaac Mbiti

No 12-05, Working Papers from University of Delaware, Department of Economics

Abstract: The benefits of school choice systems designed to help disadvantaged groups might be hindered by information asymmetries. Kenyan elite secondary schools admit students from the entire country based on a national test score, district quotas, and stated school choices. We find even the highest ability students make school choice errors. Girls, students with lower test scores, and students from public and low quality primary schools are more likely to make such errors. Net of observable demographic characteristics, these errors are associated with a decrease in the probability that students are admitted to elite secondary schools, relegating them to schools of lower quality.

Keywords: school choice; education; secondary schooling; kenya (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I25 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 13 pages
Date: 2012
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