Religiosity and parochial school choice: Cause or effect?

William Sander, Danny Cohen-Zada

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


In this study, we examine the effect of religiosity as measured by attendance at religious services on religious school choice. Particular attention is given to the possibly endogenous relationship between school choice and religiosity. We find that religiosity has an important causal effect on the demand for parochial schools. It is also shown that religiosity is substantially biased downward in OLS and probit estimates of parochial school choice. Finally, we discuss the implications of our findings for estimating the treatment effect of private school attendance on student outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-483
Number of pages10
JournalEducation Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • religiosity
  • religious schooling
  • school-choice
  • treatment effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Religiosity and parochial school choice: Cause or effect?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this