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F. Mikael Sandström and Fredrik Bergström
School Vouchers in Practice: Competition Won't Hurt You!
Abstract: An important issue in the debate on voucher systems and
school choice is what effects competition from independent schools will
have on public schools. Sweden has made a radical reform of its system for
financing schools. Independent and public schools operate on close to equal
terms under a voucher system covering all children. Sample selection models
are estimated, using a data set of about 28 000 individuals. In addition,
panel data models are estimated on 288 Swedish municipalities. The findings
support the hypothesis that school results in public schools improve due to
Keywords: Public Education; Independent Schools; Student Achievement; School Vouchers; School Choice; Sample Selection Model; Panel Data Model; Instrumental Variable Estimation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H42; H52; I28; L19; (follow links to similar papers)
48 pages, April 30, 2002
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