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Parental preferences for primary school characteristics


Borghans, Lex; Golsteyn, Bart H H; Zölitz, Ulf (2015). Parental preferences for primary school characteristics. Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, 15(1):85-117.

Abstract

Free school choice has often been argued to be a tide that lifts school quality through increased competition. This paper analyzes the underlying assumption that school quality is an important choice criterion for parents. Using a large and representative data set of over 15,000 Dutch primary school starters, we estimate models of school demand that incorporate heterogeneity in school preferences. Our results show that traditional measures for school quality matter, but other characteristics, such as school denomination and educational philosophy, are more important predictors of choice. Preferences for these school characteristics are strongly heterogeneous across parents.

Abstract

Free school choice has often been argued to be a tide that lifts school quality through increased competition. This paper analyzes the underlying assumption that school quality is an important choice criterion for parents. Using a large and representative data set of over 15,000 Dutch primary school starters, we estimate models of school demand that incorporate heterogeneity in school preferences. Our results show that traditional measures for school quality matter, but other characteristics, such as school denomination and educational philosophy, are more important predictors of choice. Preferences for these school characteristics are strongly heterogeneous across parents.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economics and econometrics, economics, econometrics and finance (miscellaneous), school choice, school quality, school competition
Language:English
Date:January 2015
Deposited On:21 Oct 2019 13:06
Last Modified:21 Feb 2024 02:45
Publisher:Berkeley Electronic Press
ISSN:1935-1682
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2014-0032