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The Headmaster Ritual: The Importance of Management for School Outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 118, no 4, 912-940 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We estimate the impact of individual principals on school outcomes by using panel data that allow us to track principals over time. We find that individual principals have a substantive impact on school policies, working conditions, and student outcomes. In particular, students who attend a school that has a one standard deviation better principal improve their achievement by between 0.05 and 0.1 standard deviations. Despite rich background information on principals, it is difficult to characterize successful management, suggesting that innate skills are central. We find that the scope for discretion is larger among voucher schools and in areas with school competition.

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2016. Vol. 118, no 4, 912-940 p.
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Principals, school management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135637DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12149ISI: 000388302200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135637DiVA: diva2:1047227
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved

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