uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
School Choice and Increasing Performance Difference: A Counterfactual Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2013 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 50, no 2, 407-425 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, structural changes to the school system, including the introduction of independent schools, have increased school choice alternatives in Sweden. Consequently, a large share of today's students attend a school other than the one closest to home. Since the compulsory school system is designed to be free of charge and to offer the same standard of education everywhere, increasing school choice- hypothetically-should not increase the between-school variation in grades. In reality, however, between-school variation in grades has increased in recent years. The aim of this paper is to test whether increasing between-school variance can be explained by changes in residential patterns, or if it must be attributed to structural change. Using a counterfactual approach, the students' variations in grades are compared between observed schools of graduation and hypothetical schools of graduation. The multilevel results indicate that school choice seems to increase between-school variation of grades.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 50, no 2, 407-425 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193483DOI: 10.1177/0042098012452322ISI: 000313058600011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-193483DiVA: diva2:603290
Available from: 2013-02-05 Created: 2013-02-04 Last updated: 2013-02-05Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Östh, John
By organisation
Department of Social and Economic Geography
In the same journal
Urban Studies
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 174 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link