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Selected working papers and publications:

Anti-lemons:  Reputation and educational quality , with W. Bentley MacLeod.


Competition and educational productivity:  Incentives writ large, with Bentley MacLeod, in
    Paul Glewwe, Ed., Education policy in developing countries. University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.


Going to a better school:  Effects and behavioral responses, with Cristian Pop-Eleches,

    American Economic Review, 103(4), 1289-1324, 2013.
        The older NBER working paper version is available here


Parental choice and school markets:  The impact of information on school effectiveness, with Alejandra Mizala, in
    Journal of Development Economics, 103, 313-335, 2013.
        The older NBER working paper version is available here

Class size caps, sorting, and the regression discontinuity design, with Eric Verhoogen.
    American Economic Review,
99(1), 179-215, 2009.
        The older NBER working paper version under the title “Class size and sorting in

                    market equilibrium:  Theory and evidence” is available here.

School choice, stratification, and information on school performance, with Patrick McEwan and Emiliana Vegas.  
Economía (Journal of the Latin American Economic Association), Spring, 1-27, 2008.

Socioeconomic status or noise?  Tradeoffs in the generation of school quality information, with Alejandra Mizala and Pilar Romaguera.
    Journal of Development Economics, 84, 61-75, 2007.

Apples and oranges: Educational enrollment and attainment across countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with Valentina Calderon.
    International Journal of Educational Development, 26, 572-590, 2006.

The effects of generalized school choice on achievement and stratification: Evidence from Chile's school voucher program, with Chang-Tai Hsieh.
    Journal of Public Economics, 90, 1477-1503, 2006. 
        A previous and longer version under the title “When schools compete, how do they  

        Compete?  An assessment of Chile’s nationwide voucher program” is available here.

Identifying class size effects in developing countries:  Evidence from rural Bolivia,

    Review of Economics and Statistics, 88(1), 171-177, 2006.

 Does school choice lead to sorting? Evidence from Tiebout variation,

    American Economic Review, 95(4), 1310-1326, 2005.

        A previous version with some additional material, under the title “Demand matters: 

        School district concentration, composition, and educational expenditure” is

        available here.

The central role of noise in evaluating interventions that use test scores to rank schools, with Ken Chay and Patrick McEwan,

    American Economic Review, September, 95(4), 1237-1258, 2005. 

        The older NBER working paper version is available here.


Arbitrary variation in teacher salaries, with Emiliana Vegas, in 

       Incentives to improve teaching: Lessons from Latin America.  Washington, D.C.:

       The World Bank.


Capitalization and privatization in Bolivia:  An approximation to an evaluation, with Gover Barja and David McKenzie, in 

    Reality check:  The distributional impact of privatization in developing 

    countries.  Washington, D.C.:  Center for Global Development, 2005.


What  difference does it make if school and work are connected? Evidence on Cooperative Education in the U.S., with David Stern, Neil Finkelstein, and Helen Cagampang,

    Economics of Education Review, 16(3), 1997.


















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