"School Choice During a Period of Radical School Reform. Evidence from Academy Conversion in England"

In this paper, published in Economic Policy, Marco Bertoni from the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Padova, Stephen Gibbons and Olmo Silva from LSE Geography & Environment (London School of Economics) study how demand responds to the rebranding of existing state schools as autonomous ‘academies’ in the context of a radical and large-scale reform to the English education system. Their results suggest that families read academy conversion as a signal of future quality gains – although this signal is in part misleading as they find limited evidence that conversion causes improved performance.


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