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School Vouchers in Practice: Competition Won't Hurt You!

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  • Sandström, F. Mikael

    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Bergström, Fredrik

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    (Swedish Research Institute of Trade (HUI))

Abstract

An important issue in the debate on voucher systems and school choice is what effects competition from independent schools will have on public schools. Sweden has made a radical reform of its system for financing schools. Independent and public schools operate on close to equal terms under a voucher system covering all children. Sample selection models are estimated, using a data set of about 28 000 individuals. In addition, panel data models are estimated on 288 Swedish municipalities. The findings support the hypothesis that school results in public schools improve due to competition.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 578.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 30 Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0578

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Keywords: Public Education; Independent Schools; Student Achievement; School Vouchers; School Choice; Sample Selection Model; Panel Data Model; Instrumental Variable Estimation;

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  1. Swedish Vouchers and Community
    by Chris in Coordination Problem on 2010-01-24 21:30:46
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  1. Ahlin, Åsa, 2003. "Does School Competition Matter? Effects of a Large-Scale School Choice Reform on Student Performance," Working Paper Series 2003:2, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Victor Lavy, 2006. "From Forced Busing to Free Choice in Public Schools: Quasi-Experimental Evidence of Individual and General Effects," NBER Working Papers 11969, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Maresa, SPRIETSMA, 2006. "Regional school comparison and school choice : how do they relate to student performance ? Evidence from PISA 2003," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006002, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.

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