Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210885
Authors: 
Edmark, Karin
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1244
Abstract: 
This paper studies the location decisions of Swedish start-up independent schools. It makes use of the great expansion of independent schools following a reform implemented in 1992 to test what local market characteristics are correlated with independent school entry. The results suggest that independent schools are more likely to choose locations with a higher share of students with high-educated parents; a higher student population density; and a lower share of students with Swedish-born parents. There is also some evidence that independent schools are less likely to locate in municipalities with a left-wing political majority. These results are robust to various alternative and flexible definitions of local school markets, which were employed in order to alleviate the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem. For some of the included variables, the definition of the local market however had a large impact on the results, suggesting that the issue of how to define regions in spatial analyses can be important.
Subjects: 
Private provision
Mixed markets
Education sector
Modifiable Areal Unit Problem
JEL: 
H44
I28
L19
R32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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