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The Evolution of Modern Educational Systems

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We study the evolution of an educational system founded on a hierarchical differentiation between vocational and general education, with vocational playing an inferior role in the society. The dynamics are best summarized by the ratio of the fraction of the population in vocational to that in general education, which we interpret as a measure of the degree of stratification of the society. We show that this ratio first rises and then declines with the level of development, displaying an inverted U-shape which reflects the complex interaction between economic and political forces, including aggregate income growth, wealth inequality and political participation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London in its series Royal Holloway, University of London: Discussion Papers in Economics with number 01/4.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2001
Date of revision: Sep 2001
Handle: RePEc:hol:holodi:0104

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Keywords: Vocational Education; General Education; Income Distribution; Politics; Growth;

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  1. Fali Huang, 2012. "The Coevolution Of Economic And Political Development From Monarchy To Democracy," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 53(4), pages 1341-1368, November.
  2. Chun-Li Tsai & Ming-Cheng Hung & Kevin Harriott, 2010. "Human Capital Composition and Economic Growth," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 99(1), pages 41-59, October.
  3. Debora Di Gioacchino & Paolo Profeta, 2010. "Lobbying for Education in a Two-sector Model," Working Papers 138, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
  4. Joël Hellier & Stéphane Lambrecht, 2012. "Inequality, growth and welfare: The main links," Working Papers 258, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  5. Elise S. Brezis & Joël Hellier, 2013. "Social Mobility at the Top: Why Are Elites Self-Reproducing?," Working Papers 2013-12, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.

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