School closures in Chile: access to quality alternatives in a school choice system

  • Gregory Elacqua Instituto de Políticas Públicas, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales
  • Matías Martínez Instituto de Políticas Públicas, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales
  • Humberto Santos Instituto de Políticas Públicas, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales
  • Daniela Urbina Instituto de Políticas Públicas, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the schooling alternatives of families that could face school closure. This article identifies, characterizes, and georeferences the institutions classified as low-performing by the SEP Law along with their closest alternatives. The findings indicate that a significant number of families do not have any quality alternatives nearby, particularly families in rural areas and/or in schools with a high percentage of low SES students. Additionally, when admissions barriers and family preferences are incorporated in the analysis, school alternatives are considerably reduced. Alternatives are further reduced when using a more stringent definition of school quality.
Keywords Accountability, School choice, Education policy, School closure
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Elacqua, G., Martínez, M., Santos, H., & Urbina, D. (2012). School closures in Chile: access to quality alternatives in a school choice system. Estudios de Economía, 39(2), pp. 179-202. Retrieved from https://estudiosdeeconomia.uchile.cl/index.php/EDE/article/view/31042/43315
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2012-01-01