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Author Falck, Oliver ♦ Woessmann, Ludger
Source EconStor
Content type Text
Publisher Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics
Subject Keyword Private school competition ♦ entrepreneurship ♦ Catholic schools ♦ Privatschule ♦ Katholizismus ♦ Wettbewerb ♦ Bildungsverhalten ♦ Unternehmer ♦ Schätzung ♦ Welt ♦ Education and Research Institutions: General ♦ Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out ♦ Entrepreneurship ♦ Cultural Economics: Religion
Abstract School choice research mostly focuses on academic outcomes. Policymakers increasingly view entrepreneurial traits as a non-cognitive outcome important for economic growth. We use international PISA-2006 student-level data to estimate the effect of private-school competition on students' entrepreneurial intentions. We exploit Catholic-Church resistance to state schooling in 19th century as a natural experiment to obtain exogenous variation in current private-school shares. Our instrumental-variable results suggest that a 10 percentage-point higher private-school share raises students' entrepreneurial intentions by 0.3-0.5 percentage points (11-18 percent of the international mean) even after controlling for current Catholic shares, students' academic skills, and parents' entrepreneurial occupation.
Part of series IZA Discussion Papers x5024
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-01-01
Publisher Place Bonn
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