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The organisational economics of school chains

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 29 January 2020

Secondary school teacher and students

Academics and policy makers are increasingly advocating school autonomy as a way to improve student achievement. Professor Olmo Silvia discusses the internal organisation of school chains, and the links between their structure and their students’ performance.

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All

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Yes

Organiser

Bozena Wielgoszewska

Location

G02
UCL Institute of Education
55-59 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0NU

While school autonomy is advocated, many countries are experiencing a counterbalancing trend: the emergence of chains that bind schools together into institutionalised structures with varying degrees of centralisation. Despite their prominence, no evidence exists on the determinants and effects of differences in the organisational set-up of school chains.

Professor Silvia's work aims to fill this gap. His research uses the insights of the incomplete contracts literature to study the internal organisation of school chains seen as firms. The work matches detailed survey information on decentralisation decisions of procurement activities regarding 410 chains and 2,000 schools in the England to student, school and market-level administrative records. 

The research project is with Lorenzo Neri and Elisabetta Pasini, both at Queen Mary University.

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About the Speaker

Professor Olmo Silva

at Department of Geography and Environment, Centre for Economic Performance and Spatial Economics Research Centre, London School of Economics

More about Professor Olmo Silva