Refugees and 'native flight' from public to private schools

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Tümen S.

ECONOMICS LETTERS, vol.181, pp.154-159, 2019 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 181
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.05.030
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-159
  • Keywords: Public vs private primary education, School choice, Immigration, Refugees, WHITE FLIGHT, IMMIGRATION
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


Native children switch from public to private primary schools in response to increased refugee concentration in the Turkish public education system. 10 percentage-point increase in refugee-to-population ratio generates, on average, 0.12 percentage-point increase in private primary school enrollment. This roughly corresponds to 1 native child switching to private education for every 31.6 refugee children enrolled in public schools-weaker than the typical estimates in the literature. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.