Measuring Competition: Inconsistent definitions, inconsistent results.


  • Matthew Allen Linick RMC Research Corporation



Charter schools, competition, second-level effects


There is a developing literature examining how charter schools, through the effects of competition, impact performance in public school districts and district-run public schools, also known as the second-level effects of competition. What follows is an examination of how competition is measured in this literature that offers a critique of existing approaches to that measurement. Findings in these studies are problematized by inconsistent findings in other, similar studies; inconsistencies which may be due to inconsistent definitions and metrics of competition. I suggest a more specific definition of competition and suggest that other disciplines may offer guidance in the pursuit of a more consistent measurement of competitive effects.


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Author Biography

Matthew Allen Linick, RMC Research Corporation

Matthew Linick, Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation, was the 2012-2013 Richard E. and Ann M. O’Leary Fellow in the department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the second-level effects of market-based education reforms on district-run public schools. He would like to acknowledge the contribution and feedback of Drs. Christopher Lubienski, Jennifer Greene, Joseph Robinson, and William Trent.




How to Cite

Linick, M. A. (2014). Measuring Competition: Inconsistent definitions, inconsistent results. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22, 16.