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Independent Schools and Long-run Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Sweden's Large-scale Voucher Reform

Anders Böhlmark and Mikael Lindahl ()

Economica, 2015, vol. 82, issue 327, 508-551

Abstract: type="main" xml:id="ecca12130-abs-0001"> We estimate effects on educational outcomes from the expansion of the independent school sector in Sweden, which followed as a consequence of the radical 1992 voucher reform. Using variation in this expansion across municipalities, we find that an increase in the share of independent school students improves average short- and long-run outcomes, explained primarily by external effects (e.g. school competition). For most outcomes, we observe significant effects first a decade after the reform. By using regional level TIMSS data, we can reconcile our results with the negative national trend for Swedish students in international achievement tests.

Date: 2015
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