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Does School Competition Matter? Effects of a Large-Scale School Choice Reform on Student Performance

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  • Ahlin, Åsa

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    The effect of a general school choice reform on student performance is studied in a Swedish institutional setting. A rich set of individual level data allows estimation of a value added specification, mitigating problems with omission of relevant variables. Increased school competition is shown to have statistically significant positive effects on student performance in mathematics, but no significant effects in English and Swedish. Interacting school competition with student characteristics, the results indicate that immigrant students and those in need of special education tend to gain more from increased school competition than others, while adverse effects on students from low education families are found in terms of English and Swedish performance. However, quantile regressions indicate homogeneous effects on low and high performing students.

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    Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2003:2.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 07 Jan 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2003_002

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    Keywords: Private school competition; school choice; student performance;

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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 2013:20, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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    4. Oliver Himmler, 2009. "The Effects of School Competition on Academic Achievement and Grading Standards," CESifo Working Paper Series 2676, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Mörk, Eva & Ahlin, Åsa, 2007. "Effects of decentralization on school resources: Sweden 1989-2002," Working Paper Series 2007:9, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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