December 9, 2004

An open order in intermediate vocational and higher education

Experimenteren met toelaten nieuwe onderwijsaanbieders

Press release
Het toelaten van nieuwe aanbieders in het middelbaar beroepsonderwijs en hoger onderwijs geeft sterkere prikkels voor aanbieders om de productiekosten laag te houden, om te innoveren en om aan te sluiten bij de vraag van onderwijsdeelnemers.

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In the current education system it is very difficult for private suppliers to enter these markets and receive public subsidies. The removal of the entry barriers might increase competition and stimulate the quality and efficiency of the production of education. Empirical research shows that test scores might increase in case of increased competition between schools. On the other hand, there is a risk of more segregation in education, some types of education may no longer be supplied and the demand for public funds may increase. The latter risks can be handled by proper supporting policies.

Experiments with widening the opportunities for entry to the publicly funded markets can generate more knowledge about the costs and benefits. In addition, new plans for mergers of schools should be tested for their impact on competition.

This publication is in Dutch.


Kok Burger
Alex Hoen
Richard Venniker
Dinand Webbink