Independent Schools and Long-Run Educational Outcomes: evidence from Sweden's Large Scale Voucher Reform
2015 (English)In: Economica, ISSN 0013-0427, E-ISSN 1468-0335, Vol. 82, no 327, 508-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We estimate effects on educational outcomes from the expansion of the independent school sector in Sweden, which followed as a consequence of the radical 1992 voucher reform. Using variation in this expansion across municipalities, we find that an increase in the share of independent school students improves average short- and long-run outcomes, explained primarily by external effects (e.g. school competition). For most outcomes, we observe significant effects first a decade after the reform. By using regional level TIMSS data, we can reconcile our results with the negative national trend for Swedish students in international achievement tests.
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2015. Vol. 82, no 327, 508-551 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118218DOI: 10.1111/ecca.12130ISI: 000356374000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118218DiVA: diva2:821318