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Does greater school autonomy make a difference? : Evidence from a randomized natural experiment in South Korea

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  • Does greater school autonomy make a difference?
  • Hahn, Youjin; Wang, Liang Choon; Yang, Hee-Seung
  • Monash University


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Title Does greater school autonomy make a difference?
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Evidence from a randomized natural experiment in South Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Hahn, Youjin; Wang, Liang Choon; Yang, Hee-Seung

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[Clayton, Australia]:Monash University

Date 2013-11
Pages 44
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Social Development < Employment
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Abstract

We study the effects of school autonomy using a randomized natural experiment in Seoul. Private and public schools subject to the equalization policy in Seoul admit students assigned randomly to them, receive equal government funding, charge identical fees, and use similar curricula, while private schools have greater flexibility in personnel decisions and their principals and teachers face stronger incentives to perform. We find that private high schools have fewer violent incidents per student, greater four-year college entrance rates, and better average students’ test scores. The effects appear to channel through the within-school dispersions of teacher salary and types.