We thank Education Queensland for providing us with access to their data. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of Education Queensland or the Queensland Government. The authors would also like to express their gratitude to Tim Coelli, the editor (John Freebairn) and two anonymous referees for comments on an earlier draft. Of course, all errors remain the responsibility of the authors.
School Performance in Australia: Is There a Role for Quasi-Markets?
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2004
Australian Economic Review
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 271–286, September 2004
How to Cite
Bradley, S., Draca, M. and Green, C. (2004), School Performance in Australia: Is There a Role for Quasi-Markets?. Australian Economic Review, 37: 271–286. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8462.2004.00329.x
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2004
- First version received January 2004; final version accepted June 2004 (Eds).
Recent changes to the organisation of Australia's education system have raised the possibility of implementing wide-ranging market reforms. In this article we discuss the scope for introducing reforms similar to the United Kingdom's ‘quasi-market’ model. We discuss the role of school league tables in providing signals and incentives in a quasi-market. Specifically, we compare a range of unadjusted and model-based league tables of primary school performance in Queensland's public education system. These comparisons indicate that model-based tables which account for socio-economic status and student intake quality vary significantly from the unadjusted tables.