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Integrated public education, fertility and human capital

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  • Leonid V. Azarnert

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This paper analyzes the consequences of integration in public education. I show that the flight from the integrated multicultural public schools to private education increases private educational expenditures and, as a result, decreases fertility among more affluent parents whose children flee. In contrast, among less prosperous parents integration in public education decreases their children's human-capital levels. I demonstrate that the poor, who cannot opt out, incur greater costs than the rich, who can resort to private education. I also analyze the overall society-wide effect of the integration policy and derive a condition that determines precisely whether this policy increases or decreases the average level of human capital in society.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (2014)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 166-180

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  1. Adi Schnytzer & Barbara Luppi, 2011. "Painful Regret and Elation at the Track," Working Papers 2011-09, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.

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