The Elite Illusion: Achievement Effects at Boston and New York Exam Schools

@article{Abdulkadiroglu2011TheEI,
  title={The Elite Illusion: Achievement Effects at Boston and New York Exam Schools},
  author={Atila Abdulkadiroglu and Joshua David Angrist and Parag A. Pathak},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
  year={2011}
}
Talented students compete fiercely for seats at Boston and New York exam schools. These schools are characterized by high levels of peer achievement and a demanding curriculum tailored to each district's highest achievers. While exam school students do very well in school, the question of whether an exam school education adds value relative to a regular public education remains open. We estimate the causal effect of exam school attendance using a regression-discontinuity design, reporting both… Expand
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