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
Going to a better school: Effects and behavioral responses, with Cristian Pop-Eleches,
American Economic Review, 103(4), 1289-1324, 2013.
Parental choice and school markets: The impact of information on school
effectiveness, with Alejandra Mizala, in
Class size caps, sorting, and the
regression discontinuity design, with Eric
equilibrium: Theory and evidence” is
School choice, stratification, and
information on school performance, with
Patrick McEwan and Emiliana Vegas.
Socioeconomic status or noise? Tradeoffs in the generation of school
quality information, with Alejandra Mizala and Pilar Romaguera.
effects of generalized school choice on achievement and stratification:
Evidence from Chile's school voucher program, with Chang-Tai Hsieh.
Compete? An assessment of
of Economics and Statistics, 88(1), 171-177, 2006.
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
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.
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
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.