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Effects of decentralization on school resources
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2008 (English)In: Economics of Education Review, ISSN 0272-7757, Vol. 27, no 3, 276-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden has undertaken major national reforms of its school sector, which, consequently, has been classified as one of the most decentralized ones in the OECD. This paper investigates whether local tax base, grants, and preferences affected local school resources differently as decentralization took place. We find that municipal tax base affects per pupil spending in the same way regardless of whether the school sector is centralized or decentralized, but has a smaller effect on teacher–pupil ratio after the reforms. The less-targeted grants are the fewer teachers per pupil do the municipalities employ. The results for local preferences are less clear-cut.

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2008. Vol. 27, no 3, 276-284 p.
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Costs, Educational finance, Grants
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108542DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2007.01.002ISI: 000257008900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108542DiVA: diva2:236229
Available from: 2009-09-21 Created: 2009-09-21 Last updated: 2013-06-26Bibliographically approved

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