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The joint evaluation of multiple educational policies: the case of specialist schools and Excellence in Cities policies in Britain

Bradley, Steve and Migali, Giuseppe (2012) The joint evaluation of multiple educational policies: the case of specialist schools and Excellence in Cities policies in Britain. Education Economics, 20 (3). pp. 322-342. ISSN 0964-5292

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    Abstract

    Governments frequently introduce education policy reforms to improve the educational outcomes of pupils. These often have simultaneous effects on pupils because they are implemented in the same schools and at the same time. In this paper, we evaluate the relative and multiple overlapping effects of two flagship British educational policies - the Excellence in Cities initiative and the specialist schools policy. We compare the estimates from multi-level cross-sectional and difference-in-differences (DID) matching models. The policy impacts estimated from cross-sectional models are typically positive, quite large and rise over time. The specialist schools policy had a much greater impact on test scores. However, DID matching estimates of the overlapping policies show an increase in GCSE test scores by only 0.5-1 point. We interpret this result as a small causal effect arising from complementarities between the two policies.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Education Economics
    Uncontrolled Keywords: policy evaluation ; matching and multi-level models
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
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    ID Code: 55729
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 12 Jul 2012 16:19
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 14:31
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55729

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