Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands

R.H.J.M. Gradus, E. Dijkgraaf, M. de Jong

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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. © 2012 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-634
JournalEmpirica
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Gradus, R.H.J.M. ; Dijkgraaf, E. ; de Jong, M. / Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands. In: Empirica. 2013 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 607-634.
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Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands. / Gradus, R.H.J.M.; Dijkgraaf, E.; de Jong, M.

In: Empirica, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2013, p. 607-634.

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