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School Choice and Competition

Elbert Dijkgraaf (), Stephanie van der Geest (), Raymond Gradus () and Matthijs de Jong
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Stephanie van der Geest: Erasmus University Rotterdam, and SEOR

No 08-109/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: The literature suggests that competition among schools might increase quality. However, not much empirical evidence is present as only a few countries allow competition at a large scale. One exception is the Netherlands. Free parental choice is the leading principle of the Dutch education system since the beginning of the 20th century. Based on panel data for the Netherlands we show that there is a relation between competition and student achievement in upper secondary education, but that it is negative. In addition, private schools have higher quality levels.

Keywords: Education; competition; school choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H70 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-11-10
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