On-going projects

Location choices of independent schools

This project studies the location decisions of Swedish independent start-up schools, and how these decisions are affected by factors that vary between geographical regions.

Project manager: Karin Edmark, Stockholm University and IFN

The project studies what factors determine the location choices of the Swedish independent schools. In particular, we study the importance of factors such as the resource allocation and attitudes to school choice at the municipality level, as well as factors related to the student background in a small geographical area. We also investigate whether the location decisions vary between schools of different types of independent schools.

The background to the project is the dramatic expansion of the independent school sector that followed the independent school reform in 1992. Several aspects of this reform, such as the effects of independent schools on student’s educational results, have been the subject of previous studies, but the location decisions are by large unexplored.

The project uses detailed information on the geographical location of schools, student background in small geographical areas, and information on municipalities, over 1992-2006, and focus at independent schools at the compulsory level.

The project has received funding from, among others, the Swedish Research Council and the IFN and SNS Research Program From Welfare State to Welfare Society

Time period: 2015-



Publications in Swedish are listed on the project's corresponding Swedish page.

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