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A New Model for Equitable and Efficient Resource Allocation to Schools: The Israeli Case

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  • BenDavid-Hadar, Iris

    () (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Ziderman, Adrian

    () (Bar-Ilan University)

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This paper sets out a new budget allocation formula for schools, designed to achieve a more equitable distribution of educational achievement. In addition to needs-based elements, the suggested composite allocation formula includes an improvement component, whereby schools receive budgetary allocations based on a new incentive measure developed in this paper (Improvement in the Educational Achievement Distribution, or IEAD). The development of the budget allocation formula is demonstrated utilizing Israeli data. Large scale, nationwide data sets relating students’ academic achievement to student background variables, teacher profiles and school characteristics, were analyzed to identify appropriate needs-based formula components and to estimate their weights. The results are compared with the funding formulas currently used in Israel.

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  • BenDavid-Hadar, Iris & Ziderman, Adrian, 2010. "A New Model for Equitable and Efficient Resource Allocation to Schools: The Israeli Case," IZA Discussion Papers 4822, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    school finance; formular funding; needs-based funding; schools resource allocation; Israel;

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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