Policy Documents

Private School Chains in Chile: Do Better Schools Scale Up?

Gregory Elacqua, Dante Contreras, Felipe Salazar, Humberto Santos –
August 16, 2011

Examples from Chile demonstrate that the best way to increase the prevalence of successful schools and education methods is to create incentives for schools to scale up themselves, instead of forcing their innovations on other schools and districts through government mandates, this Cato Institute study concludes. Students at larger franchise schools in Chile perform better academically than their counterparts in smaller schools under the country’s voucher system, demonstrating that better operators flourish when given freedom.