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ERIC Number: EJ1032018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-24
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
Measuring Competition: Inconsistent Definitions, Inconsistent Results
Linick, Matthew Allen
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v22 n16 Mar 2014
There is a developing literature examining how charter schools, through the effects of competition, impact performance in public school districts and district-run public schools, also known as the second-level effects of competition. What follows is an examination of how competition is measured in this literature that offers a critique of existing approaches to that measurement. Findings in these studies are problematized by inconsistent findings in other, similar studies; inconsistencies which may be due to inconsistent definitions and metrics of competition. I suggest a more specific definition of competition and suggest that other disciplines may offer guidance in the pursuit of a more consistent measurement of competitive effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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