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Sweden's school choice reform and equality of opportunity
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2014 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, Vol. 30, no S1, 129-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses whether the Swedish school choice reform, enacted in 1992, had differential effects for students from different socio-economic backgrounds. We use detailed geographical data on students' and schools' locations to construct measures of the degree of potential choice. This allows us to study the effects of choice opportunities among public schools, whereas previous studies have focused on newly opened private schools. Our results indicate that students from a socio-economically disadvantaged or immigrant background did not benefit less from more school choice than those from more advantaged backgrounds. If anything, students from low-income families benefited slightly more than those from higher-income families. However, the differences between groups of students are very small, as are the overall effects of the reform.

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2014. Vol. 30, no S1, 129-142 p.
Keyword [en]
School choice, School competition, Treatment evaluation, Cognitive and non-cognitive skills
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240019DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2014.04.008ISI: 000345180700022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240019DiVA: diva2:775871
Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-05 Last updated: 2015-01-05Bibliographically approved

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