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Factors associated with private-public school performance: Analysis of TALIS-PISA link data

Marcos Delprato and Amita Chudgar

International Journal of Educational Development, 2018, vol. 61, issue C, 155-172

Abstract: We use measures of competitive pressure, administrative autonomy and staffing practices to explain the private-public performance difference in Australia, Portugal and Spain using the TALIS-PISA dataset. We employ OLS regression and counterfactual decomposition analysis on matched sub-samples. These school factors do not explain the overall private-public performance gap in the three countries except at the higher-end of the distribution. In other words, these factors appear to benefit only the high-performers in private schools in Australia and Spain. The results point to the potential limits of adopting private school practices for improving learning across the performance distribution especially for low-performing students.

Keywords: Private schools; Systemic school factors; Learning gap; TALIS-PISA; Propensity score; Counterfactuals; Decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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