Giving Compass' Take:

· Corey A. Deangelis talks about his research into school choice and private school voucher programs explaining that private schools help maintain social order and reduce crime rates. 

· What other effects does school choice have on student success and youth development?

· Here's more on the effects of private school choice

One of the original arguments for a government-run education system is that public schools are necessary for stable democratic society. After all, self-interested families might send their children to private schools that specialize in maximizing earnings rather than citizenship skills. But new evidence suggests that private schools are actually more conducive to maintaining social order than public schools. Here’s why.

The new study - coauthored by Dr. Patrick J. Wolf and me - used student-level data from the longitudinal evaluation of the longest-running private school voucher program in the United States. We found that students using a voucher to attend a private school in 8th or 9th grade were convicted of fewer crimes and were involved in fewer paternity suits than their public school peers by 25 to 28 years of age.

Read the full article about school choice by Corey A. Deangelis at the Cato Institute.