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Game, set and match: new evidence from the Swedish voucher reform

I am now accustomed to the fact that British journalists resort to extensive confirmation bias when arguing that free schools – especially for-profit ones – are driving down education standards in Sweden. The evidence does not support their case. Nevertheless, the best papers on the Swedish voucher reform have thus far displayed only short-term gains from the voucher reform. Until now, that is. Böhlmark and Lindahl, the authors of the most convincing research, have just released their new paper. And it is intriguing... Gabriel H. Sahlgren You can read the rest of this blog on the IEA website at

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Gabriel Heller Sahlgren is Director of Research at the Centre for Market Reform of Education and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is author of Incentivising excellence: school choice and education quality.