Competition and Educational Quality: Evidence from the Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 09-100/3

34 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Elbert Dijkgraaf

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus University Rotterdam, SEOR-ECRi

Raymond H. J. M. Gradus

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

Matthijs de Jong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 12, 2009

Abstract

Ample 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 is present since the beginning of the 20th century, which can be characterized as a full voucher program with 100% funding. Based on panel data for the Netherlands we show that there is a relation between competition and educational outcomes in secondary education, but that it is negative and small. This effect is larger for small and medium sized schools and for schools which do not have a Protestant or Catholic denomination.

Keywords: Competition, Private Schools, Scale, Quality, Secondary Education

JEL Classification: H7, I2

Suggested Citation

Dijkgraaf, Elbert and Gradus, Raymond H. J. M. and de Jong, Matthijs, Competition and Educational Quality: Evidence from the Netherlands (November 12, 2009). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 09-100/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1506909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1506909

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Raymond H. J. M. Gradus

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Matthijs De Jong

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