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School autonomy and educational performance: within-country evidence

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  • HINDRIKS, Jean

    () (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE & Department of Economics, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • VERSCHELDE, Marijn

    () (SHERPPA, Department of General Economics, Ghent University, B-9000 Gent, Belgium)

  • RAYP, Glenn

    () (SHERPPA, Department of General Economics, Ghent University, B-9000 Gent, Belgium)

  • SCHOORS, Koen

    () (CERISE, Department of General Economics, Ghent University, B-9000 Gent, Belgium)

Abstract

This paper shows the value of school autonomy for educational performance. To fully capture the informational advantage of local actors, we define school autonomy as the operational empowerment of the principals and teachers. The Flemish secondary school system in Belgium is analyzed as it is has a long history of educational school autonomy, but considerable variation between schools in school staff empowerment. Combining detailed school level and pupil level data from the PISA 2006 study with a semiparametric hierarchical model, we find strong indications that operational school autonomy is associated with high educational performance if appropriate accountability systems are active. Sensitivity tests show that both low and high-performers benefit from this kind of school autonomy.

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  • HINDRIKS, Jean & VERSCHELDE, Marijn & RAYP, Glenn & SCHOORS, Koen, 2010. "School autonomy and educational performance: within-country evidence," CORE Discussion Papers 2010082, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2010082
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    1. Gabriel Octavian NEGREA & Dan-Maniu DUSE, 2014. "Investigating Autonomy, Accountability And Educational Management Priorities In Romanian High Schools; Preliminary Results," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 8(1), pages 35-50, November.

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    Keywords

    educational performance; PISA; school autonomy; educational production function; semiparametric;

    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education

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