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School Choice in Amsterdam: Which Schools are Chosen When School Choice is Free?

Nienke Ruijs and Hessel Oosterbeek
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Nienke Ruijs: Dutch Inspectorate of Education 3544 AC Utrecht The Netherlands Author email:
Hessel Oosterbeek: Amsterdam School of Economics University of Amsterdam 1018 WB Amsterdam The Netherlands Author email:

Education Finance and Policy, 2019, vol. 14, issue 1, 1-30

Abstract: Using discrete choice models, this paper investigates the determinants of secondary school choice in the city of Amsterdam. In this city, there are many schools to choose from and school choice is virtually unrestricted (no catchment areas, low or no tuition fees, short distances). We find that school choice is related to exam grades and the quality of incoming students, but not to progression in lower grades, no delay in higher grades, and a composite measure of quality published by a national newspaper. Furthermore, students appear to prefer schools that are close to their home and schools that many of their former classmates in primary school attend.

Date: 2019
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