Private versus public schools in post-Apartheid South African cities: theory and policy implications

Harris Selod, Yves Zenou

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Blacks and whites have different incomes, decide where to locate in the city and which school to send their children to. We show that, despite the tuition fees imposed by whites and their remote location, some black pupils attend the private school. This market solution is shown not to be optimal because whites overprice education in order to limit black attendance at the private school. Three types of education policies are then considered: transportation subsidies, private-school vouchers and public-school spending. The efficiency of such policies depends on the fee-setting behavior of whites that strongly varies from one policy to another.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-394
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Busing
  • Education externalities
  • Fees
  • Urban segregation
  • Vouchers

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