The organisational economics of school chains
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 29 January 2020
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.
G02UCL Institute of Education55-59 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 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.
About the Speaker
Professor Olmo Silva
at Department of Geography and Environment, Centre for Economic Performance and Spatial Economics Research Centre, London School of EconomicsMore about Professor Olmo Silva