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School Choice and Competition: Evidence from the Netherlands


Elbert Dijkgraaf


Erasmus University Rotterdam, SEOR-ECRi; Tinbergen Institute

Stephanie Van der Geest


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Raymond H. J. M. Gradus


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

November 10, 2008

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 08-109/3

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: Education, competition, school choice

JEL Classification: H70, I20

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Date posted: November 13, 2008  

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Dijkgraaf, Elbert and Van der Geest, Stephanie and Gradus, Raymond H. J. M., School Choice and Competition: Evidence from the Netherlands (November 10, 2008). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 08-109/3. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1298978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298978

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Elbert Dijkgraaf (Contact Author)
Erasmus University Rotterdam, SEOR-ECRi ( email )
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Stephanie Van der Geest
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands
Raymond H. J. M. Gradus
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )
Amsterdam, ND North Holland
Netherlands
Tinbergen Institute ( email )
Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands
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