Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands
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.
|Keywords||Competition, Private schools, Quality, Scale, Secondary education|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10663-012-9195-6, hdl.handle.net/1765/38076|
Dijkgraaf, E., Gradus, R.H.J.M., & de Jong, M.. (2012). Competition and educational quality: evidence from the Netherlands. Empirica, 2012, 1–28. doi:10.1007/s10663-012-9195-6