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Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands

Elbert Dijkgraaf (), Raymond Gradus () and Matthijs de Jong

Empirica, 2013, vol. 40, issue 4, 607-634

Abstract: Little evidence is available for the effect of competition on educational quality as only a few countries allow large-scale competition. In the Netherlands, free parental choice has been present since the beginning of the twentieth century and can be characterized as a full voucher program with 100 % funding. Based on micro panel data for the Netherlands, we show that there is a relation between competition and educational outcomes in secondary education, but that it is often negative and small, sometimes insignificant but never positive. This effect is larger for small and medium-sized schools and for schools that do not have a Protestant or Catholic denomination. Copyright The Author(s) 2013

Keywords: Competition; Private schools; Scale; Quality; Secondary education; H70; I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s10663-012-9195-6

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