Testing for Quasi-Market Forces in Secondary Education

Posted: 27 Nov 2000

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Steve Bradley

Lancaster University

Robert Crouchley

Lancaster University - Department of Economics

Jim Millington

Lancaster University - Department of Economics

Jim Taylor

Lancaster University

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of introducing quasi-market forces into secondary education on the allocation of pupils between schools and on the exam performance of pupils. A unique database is used which covers all publicly-funded secondary schools in England over the period 1992-98. We find several effects consistent with the operation of a quasi-market. Firstly, new admissions are found to be positively related to a school's own exam performance and negatively related to the exam performance of competing schools. Secondly, a school's growth in pupil numbers is positively related to its exam performance compared to its immediate competitors. Thirdly, there is strong evidence that schools experiencing an excess demand for places have responded by increasing their physical capacity. Fourthly, there is some evidence of an increase in the concentration of pupils from poor family backgrounds in those schools with the poorest exam performance of schools during 1992-98 can be attributed to the introduction of quasi-market forces.

Suggested Citation

Bradley, Steve and Crouchley, Robert and Millington, Jim and Taylor, Jim, Testing for Quasi-Market Forces in Secondary Education. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=239250

Steve Bradley

Lancaster University ( email )

The Management School
Department of Economics
Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom
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Robert Crouchley

Lancaster University - Department of Economics

Lancaster LA1 4YX, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Jim Millington

Lancaster University - Department of Economics

Lancaster LA1 4YX, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Jim Taylor (Contact Author)

Lancaster University ( email )

The Management School
Department of Economics
Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom
+44 0 1524 59 4227 (Phone)

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