The Distributional Bias of Public Education : Causes and Consequences

Author/Editor:

Mark Gradstein ; Era Dabla-Norris

Publication Date:

November 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

While public education is often intended to be progressive in its effects on income distribution, in reality its incidence is often skewed toward the rich. This paper argues that the extent of this bias is directly related to institutional weaknesses in governance. We present a simple dynamic model where weak governing institutions allow the rich to be more effective in appropriating a larger share of public education spending thereby preventing inequality reduction. The empirical part provides tentative support for this view, showing that the progressiveness of public education spending is related to the strength of governance.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/214

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875027/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2142004

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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