The Effect of Charter School Legislation on Market Share


  • Simona Kúscová Stony Brook University
  • Jack Buckley Boston College



Many proponents of school choice use the claim of the market’s capability to enhance efficiency and improve performance to call for its expansion. But no markets are perfectly competitive, and the local market for public goods is filled with institutional arrangements that make it differ from the neoclassical ideal. In this paper, we look at a particular institution—the provisions of charter school legislation—and assess how it affects the ability of charter schools to gain market share. Using data from the 36 states that had passed charter legislation by 2000, and controlling for a variety of other factors, we estimate a model of the effects of various provisions in the charter laws on charter school market share. We find that two such provisions, one concerning the sponsorship of charters and another their funding sources, appear to have a strong effect on the market share of charter schools.


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Author Biographies

Simona Kúscová, Stony Brook University

Simona Kúscová is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her research interests are in the fields of education, and legal systems.

Jack Buckley, Boston College

Jack Buckley is Assistant Professor of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. He researches and teaches applied statistics and educational policy. His training is in political science and public policy, and he has researched several aspects of school choice and education privatization.




How to Cite

Kúscová, S., & Buckley, J. (2004). The Effect of Charter School Legislation on Market Share. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12, 66.