Harvard economist Caroline M. Hoxby, a well-known school choice proponent, has published a new study suggesting that when parents have more school districts to choose from, schools are forced to hire teachers with more math and science skills who work harder and come from more selective colleges.

Writing in the fall 2002 Journal of Human Resources, Hoxby argues that the positive effect of parental choice on teaching is apparent in the traditional public school system.

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