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Ranking the schools: How quality information affects school choice in the Netherlands

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  • Pierre Koning

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  • Karen van der Wiel

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Both school level and individual student level data indicate that information on highschool quality published by a national newspaper affects school choice in the Netherlands. The positive effects are particularly large for the academic school track. First, we study the causal effect of quality scores on the influx of new highschool students using a longitudinal school dataset. We find that negative (positive) school quality scores decrease (increase) the number of students choosing a school after the year of publication. An academic school track receiving the most positive score sees its inflow of students rise by 15 to 20 students. Second, we study individual school choice behavior to address the relative importance of the quality scores, as well as potential differences in the quality response between socio-economic groups. Although the probability of attending a school is affected by its quality score, it is mainly driven by the traveling distance. Students are willing to travel only about 200 meters more to attend a well-performing rather than an average school. In contrast to equity concerns that are often raised, we cannot find differences in information responses between socio-economic groups.

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Paper provided by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its series CPB Discussion Paper with number 150.

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  1. David N. Figlio & Maurice E. Lucas, 2004. "What's in a Grade? School Report Cards and the Housing Market," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 94(3), pages 591-604, June.
  2. Koning, Pierre & van der Wiel, Karen, 2010. "School Responsiveness to Quality Rankings: An Empirical Analysis of Secondary Education in the Netherlands," IZA Discussion Papers 4969, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Justine S. Hastings & Richard Van Weelden & Jeffrey Weinstein, 2007. "Preferences, Information, and Parental Choice Behavior in Public School Choice," NBER Working Papers 12995, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. School quality information & school choice
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-07-01 15:33:00
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  1. Rebecca Allen & Simon Burgess, 2010. "Evaluating the provision of school performance information for school choice," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK 10/241, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  2. Pierre Koning, 2010. "School responsiveness to quality ranking: An empirical analysis of secondary education in the Netherlands," CPB Discussion Paper, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis 149, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  3. Paolo Sestito & Marco Tonello, 2011. "Quality differentials in Italian Universities' freshmen: the case of Medical and Dental Surgery schools," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers), Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area 90, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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