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The Effects of School Competition on Academic Achievement and Grading Standards

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  • Oliver Himmler

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Nationwide school choice and fixed per-student governmental funding provide incentives for Dutch schools to perform well. Roughly one third of Dutch pre-university schools are of catholic denomination. Acknowledging this widely available outside option to public and other schools, this paper considers the effect of catholic competition on non-catholic school performance in pre-university education. Employing data from central exit exams, a positive link between competition intensity and academic achievement is found. In addition to raising achievement, higher levels of competition are not associated with a deterioration of grading standards. Finally, (inverse) quantile regression estimates show no evidence of schools at the bottom of the achievement distribution being hurt by competition.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2676.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2676

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Keywords: education; competition; Netherlands; IVQR;

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  1. Wondratschek, Verena & Edmark, Karin & Frölich, Markus, 2013. "The short- and long-term effects of school choice on student outcomes – evidence from a school choice reform in Sweden," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2013:20, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  2. Michael Funke & Marc Gronwald, 2009. "A Convex Hull Approach to Counterfactual Analysis of Trade Openness and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 2692, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Edmark, Karin & Frölich, Markus & Wondratschek, Verena, 2014. "Sweden’s school choice reform and equality of opportunity," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2014:16, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  4. Edmark, Karin & Frölich, Markus & Wondratschek, Verena, 2014. "Sweden's school choice reform and equality of opportunity," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 14-041, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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