Scale Economies in Public Education: Evidence from School Level Data
Journal of Education Finance
Begins with a discussion of cost and efficiency in education. Presents an empirical model to estimate school-level economies of scale. Applies model to expenditure data set by school from 17 Wyoming school districts. Finds that it costs more per student in a small school than in large schools to achieve similar educational outcomes, thus confirming economies-of-scale effects.
Bowles, Tyler J., and Ryan Bosworth. “Scale Economies in Public Education: Evidence from School Level Data.” Journal of Education Finance 28(2, Fall 2002):285-99.