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School Responsiveness to Quality Rankings: An Empirical Analysis of Secondary Education in the Netherlands

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  • Koning, Pierre

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • van der Wiel, Karen

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

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This paper analyzes the response of secondary schools to changes in their quality ratings. The current analysis is the first to address the impact of quality scores that have been published by a newspaper (Trouw), rather than public interventions. Our research design exploits the substantial lags in the registration and publication of the Trouw scores and that takes into account all possible outcomes of the ratings, instead of the lowest category only. Overall, we find evidence that school quality performance does respond to Trouw quality scores. Both average grades increase and the number of diplomas go up after receiving a negative score. For schools that receive the most negative ranking, the short-term effects (one year after a change in the ranking of schools) of quality transparency on final exam grades equal 10% to 30% of a standard deviation compared to the average of this variable. The estimated long run impacts are roughly equal to the short-term effects that are measured.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4969.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4969

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  1. Publish school rankings, and bad schools improve
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-06-24 14:01:00
  2. School Report Cards Work
    by Alex Tabarrok in Marginal Revolution on 2011-02-26 12:01:00
  3. School Report Cards Work
    by Alex Tabarrok in Cafe Hayek on 2011-02-26 12:01:00
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Cited by:
  1. Pierre Koning & Karen van der Wiel, 2010. "Ranking the schools: How quality information affects school choice in the Netherlands," CPB Discussion Paper 150, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  2. De Witte, Kristof & Geys, Benny & Solondz, Catharina, 2014. "Public expenditures, educational outcomes and grade inflation: Theory and evidence from a policy intervention in the Netherlands," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 152-166.
  3. Camargo, Braz & Camelo, Rafael & Firpo, Sergio & Ponczek, Vladimir, 2014. "Information, Market Incentives, and Student Performance," IZA Discussion Papers 7941, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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