IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


School types: evidence on the relative effectiveness of different school arrangements

03 November 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Secondary school students walking through a corridor. Photo by Phil Meech for IOE.

In this webinar, Marco Bertoni will discuss his research on the relative effectiveness of several school types operating in the English school market.

This event is free.

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Francesca Foliano

Within the public-school system, a variety of school types coexist – each with its own distinctive features. Such differentiation has emerged as part of a new paradigm that promotes choice as part of a quasi-market in education.

In this research, Marco and his coauthors study the relative effectiveness of several school types operating in the English school market. They estimate school-type effectiveness by comparing students near admission cut-off while accounting for the structure of their preferences and admission priorities at different schools.

The findings provide clear evidence that selective (grammar) schools significantly improve students’ attainments: every year of additional exposure to selective education increases students’ end of secondary school achievements by 5%-6% of a standard deviation. Conversely, there is little evidence that autonomous (academy) schools improve attainments – and no evidence that religious education has a positive effect on students’ learning.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in education and economics of education.


About the Speaker

Marco Bertoni

Associate professor of Economic Policy at University of Padova (Italy)

Marco is a research associate at the IZA - Bonn and at the HEDG - University of York. He also collaborates with the Italian team for the Survey of Health Aging and Retirement in Europe - SHARE. His research applies econometric methods for causal inference to a variety of topics in the economics of education, health economics, and labour economics. On these topics, he has published in several economics and interdisciplinary journals, such as Economic Policy, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, Demography, and Social Science & Medicine.