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

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  • Pierre Koning

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  • Karen Wiel

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This paper assesses the response of Dutch secondary schools to the publication of relative quality ratings in a national newspaper (Trouw). Our research design exploits the discontinuities in the ranking formula that was used to generate five consecutive levels for the overall quality of schools.We find previous Trouw quality scores to have an offsetting effect on school quality performance, i.e. both average grades and the number of diplomas go up after receiving a negative score. These effects are confined to the lower support of the performance distribution. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

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  • Pierre Koning & Karen Wiel, 2012. "School Responsiveness to Quality Rankings: An Empirical Analysis of Secondary Education in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, vol. 160(4), pages 339-355, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:160:y:2012:i:4:p:339-355
    DOI: 10.1007/s10645-012-9194-9
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    1. 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).
    2. Lehrer, Steven F. & Pohl, R. Vincent & Song, Kyungchul, 2018. "Multiple Testing and the Distributional Effects of Accountability Incentives in Education," MPRA Paper 89532, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    4. Koning, Pierre & van der Wiel, Karen, 2010. "Ranking the Schools: How Quality Information Affects School Choice in the Netherlands," IZA Discussion Papers 4984, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    School quality; School accountability; Regression discontinuity designs; H75; I20; D83;

    JEL classification:

    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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