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Comparing students by a matching analysis -- on early school leaving in Dutch cities

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  • Kristof De Witte
  • Chris Van Klaveren

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In case of regional discretionary on the implementation of policy measures, central governments often consider differences in outcomes as an indication that one policy was more effective than another policy. If uniform incentives are provided to motivate regional policy makers, these incentives can be discouraging when the underlying populations differ. Empirically, this study compares early school leaving between the four largest Dutch cities. It shows that considering regional differences as performance measures can be dangerous if differences in population characteristics are not properly taken into account. Methodologically, this study contrasts the use of a traditional probit model with a more advanced iterative matching procedure.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 28 (October)
Pages: 3679-3690

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:44:y:2012:i:28:p:3679-3690

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  1. De Witte, Kristof & Geys, Benny & Solondz, Catharina, 2012. "Public expenditures, educational outcomes and grade inflation: Theory and evidence from a policy intervention in the Netherlands," Discussion Papers, Research Professorship & Project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism" SP II 2012-111, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  2. Heers, M. & Van Klaveren, C. & Groot, W. and Maassen van den Brink, H., 2012. "The Impact of Community Schools on Student Dropout in Pre-vocational Education," Working Papers 45, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.
  3. Van Klaveren, C. & De Wolf, I., 2013. "Systematic Reviews In Education Research: When Do Effect Studies Provide Evidence?," Working Papers 46, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.

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