Why do charter schools fail? An analysis of charter school survival in New Jersey

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Charter school competition can only work as a policy to improve public education if schools that do not contribute to this goal are allowed to fail. We estimate survival regressions to assess the effects of various factors on the probability of school failure. We find that students' test scores are the most important determinant of survival: a one standard deviation increase reduces the probability of failure by 76%. Higher expenditures per student and a longer wait list result in smaller, but significant, reductions. Enrollment, average performance in the host district, and student demographics do not significantly affect school survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-314
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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