Why do education vouchers fail at the ballot box?
AbstractWe compare a uniform voucher regime against the status quo mix of public and private education, focusing on the distribtuion of welfare gains and losses across households by income. We argue that the topping-up option available under uniform vouchers is not su¢ ciently valuable for the poorer households, so the voucher regime is defeated at the polls. Our result depends critically on the opting-out feature in the current system.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34131.
Date of creation: Aug 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2011
vouchers; political economy; opting out; education finance;
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- H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
- D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
- I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance
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