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Public investment in basic education and economic growth

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  • Teles, Vladimir Kuhl
  • Andrade, Joaquim Pinto de

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The main objective of this paper was to visualize the relation between governmentspending on basic education and the human capital accumulation process, observingthe impacts of this spending on individual investments in higher education, and oneconomic growth. It is used an overlapping-generations model where the governmenttax the adult generation and spent it in basic education of the next generations. Itwas demonstrated that the magnitude of the marginal effect of government spendingin basic education on growth crucially depends on public budget constrains. The paperexplains why some countries with a lot of public investment in basic education growthat low rates. In that sense if a country has only a lot of public investment in basiceducation without investment in higher education it may growth at low rates becausethe taxation can cause distortions in the agents incentives to invest in higher education.

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Paper provided by Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 230.

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  1. Bashir, Saima & Herath, Janaranjana & Gebremedhin, Tesfa G., 2012. "An Empirical Analysis of Higher Education and Economic Growth in West Virginia," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124829, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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