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The effectiveness and equity of public-private partnerships in education: A quasi-experimental evaluation of 17 countries

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Published: 2018-08-27

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Donald R. Baum

Brigham Young University

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0383-5033

Keywords: public-private partnerships; vouchers; school choice; peer effects; PISA

Abstract

I estimate achievement effects of education public-private partnerships (PPPs) in 17 countries on the 2009 PISA assessment. Enrollment in PPP schools is tied to student wealth and prior academic ability. PPP students outperform their public peers on half of all outcomes. After accounting for selection, the PPP performance advantage remains on one-quarter of outcomes. However, nearly all of these performance differences are accounted for by school-level peer group effects. PPP schools are outperforming their public counterparts not through any advantages in productive efficiency but through sorting of more capable students.

 

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Author Biography

Donald R. Baum

Brigham Young University

Donald Baum is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on the behaviours and contributions of the private sector in education in lower-income countries. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development Education.

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Published: 2018-08-27

How to Cite

Baum, D. R. (2018). The effectiveness and equity of public-private partnerships in education: A quasi-experimental evaluation of 17 countries. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 105. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3436