Can HRM Improve Schools' Performance?

50 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2018

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Alex Bryson

UCL ; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Lucy Stokes

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

David Wilkinson

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Abstract

Evidence on schools' performance is confined to comparisons across schools, usually based on value-added measures. We adopt an alternative approach comparing schools to observationally equivalent workplaces in the rest of the British economy using measures of workplace performance that are common across all workplaces. We focus on the role played by management practices in explaining differences in the performance of schools versus other workplaces, and performance across the schools' sector. We find intensive use of HRM practices is correlated with substantial improvement in workplace performance, both among schools and other workplaces. However, the types of practices that improve school performance are different from those that improve performance elsewhere in the economy. Furthermore, in contrast to the linear returns to HRM intensity in most workplaces, improvements in schools' performance are an increasing function of HRM intensity.

Keywords: school performance, human resource management, matching, first differences

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Bryson, Alex and Stokes, Lucy and Wilkinson, David, Can HRM Improve Schools' Performance?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11348, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129292

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Lucy Stokes

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

David Wilkinson

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

2 Dean Trench Street
Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HE
United Kingdom

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