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More Harm than Good? : Sorting Effects in a Compensatory Education Program

Abstract : By analyzing a French program that targeted low-achieving and socially disadvantaged junior high schools we provide evidence that school-based compensatory education policies create sorting effects. We use geocoded original data and a regression discontinuity framework to show that the program decreases the individual probability of attending a treated school and symmetrically increases the probability of attending a private school. The effects are driven by pupils from high socioeconomic backgrounds, resulting in an increase in social segregation across schools.
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Laurent Davezies, Manon Garrouste. More Harm than Good? : Sorting Effects in a Compensatory Education Program. Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, 2020, 55 (1), pp.240-277. ⟨10.3368/jhr.55.1.0416-7839R1⟩. ⟨hal-02497066⟩

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