The economic role of independent schools in Britain

This project involved carrying out secondary analyses of several large survey data sets in order to examine the economic effects of independent schools over time.

Firstly, the researchers examined trends in the economic return to attendance at an independent school over recent decades both for males and females. They estimated both the labour market return, and the impact on the academic achievement of pupils. They also examined whether the labour market return had become more associated with the impact on academic achievement than in earlier decades.

Second, they examined the role of independent schools in the labour market for teachers. They investigated differences in labour market outcomes (wages, hours, holidays, job satisfaction) for independent and state school teachers, how these differences may have changed over time, and how the differences may be associated with transitions between the state and independent sectors.

Project details



Professor Francis Green, Professor Stephen Machin, Dr Yu Zhu, University of Kent

Project amount and duration

1 January 2006 - 30 September 2007



'Competition for private and state school teachers', Green F, Machin S, Murphy R and Zhu Y, 2008

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