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Hardcover | $8.75 X | £7.95 | 280 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 19 figures, 50 tables | December 2008 | ISBN: 9780262033763
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School Choice International

Exploring Public-Private Partnerships


Public-private partnerships in education exist in various forms around the world, in both developed and developing countries. Despite this, and despite the importance of human capital for economic growth, systematic analysis has been limited and scattered, with most scholarly attention going to initiatives in the United States. This volume hlelps to fill the gap, bringing together recent studies on public-private partnerships in different parts of the world, including Asia, North and South America, and Europe. These initiatives vary significantly in form and structure, and School Choice International offers not only comprehensive overviews (including a cross-country analysis of student achievement) but also detailed studies of specific initiatives in particular countries. Two chapters compare public and private schools in India and the relative efficacy of these two sectors in providing education. Other chapters examine the use of publicly funded vouchers in Chile and Colombia, reporting promising results in Colombia but ambiguous findings in Chile; and student outcomes in publicly funded, privately managed schools (similar to American charter schools) in two countries: Colombia’s “concession schools” and the United Kingdom’s City Academies Programme. Taken together, these studies offer important insights for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers into the purposes, directions, and effects of different public-private educational initiatives. ContributorsFelipe Barrera, Cristian Bellei, Eric P. Bettinger, Rajashri Chakrabarti, Geeta G. Kingdon, Michael Kremer, Norman LaRocque, Stephen Machin, Karthik Muralidhara, Thomas Nechyba, Harry A. Patrinos, Paul E. Peterson, Ludger Woessmann

About the Editors

Rajashri Chakrabarti is an economist with the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Paul E. Peterson is Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Schools and the Equal Opportunity Problem, coedited with Ludger Woessmann (MIT Press, 2007).


““A timely and useful collection, which demonstrates once again that educational policy in the United States has much to learn from the experience of other countries, including India, Colombia, and Chile, where educational freedom is alive and well and taking constantly-evolving forms.”--Charles L. Glenn, School of Education, Boston University”
“Chakrabarti and Peterson’s School Choice International is a very current yet comprehensive examination of school choice programs around the world. In readable and rigorous chapters highly regarded scholars explain how families choose schools and the consequences of those choices in countries as diverse as India Chile and England. If you want to understand the full range of choice-based reforms in use somewhere today this book is essential reading.”
Caroline M. Hoxby, Scott & Donya Bommer Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution