This paper evaluates the performance of charter elementary schools in Los Angeles County in three ways. First, I compare charter school performance to public school performance, controlling for a number of key characteristics. Second, I study the characteristics that appear to influence charter school success as compared to public school success. Third, I study the “competitive effect” of charter schools, examining how geographical proximity to charter schools affects the performance of traditional public schools. I find evidence that, ceteris paribus, traditional public schools score higher than charter schools, except in majority African American schools. Further, I find that the opening of charter schools affects nearby traditional public schools negatively.
"An Empirical Assessment of the Performance and Competitive Effects of Los Angeles County Charter Schools,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 9
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol9/iss1/11