Citizen "Trust" as an Explanation of State Education Funding to Local School Districts
AbstractMany previous studies have examined the level of state grants to local K-12 school districts. However, these studies have not considered the role of citizen "trust" in state versus local governments as a factor. We hypothesize that the role of the state in funding education reflects citizen "trust" in the relative capabilities of governments. We measure "trust" directly via public opinion polls that capture citizen attitudes about the appropriate responsibilities of state versus local governments; we also measure "trust" indirectly, by the role of state government as revealed by its relative importance in overall service provision (net of K-12 spending). We find that the state share of K-12 education spending tends to be higher when there is greater citizen trust in state versus local governments.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Tulane University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1208.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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property tax; state and local finance; fiscal federalism; education; public opinion; intergovernmental transfers;
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- James Alm & Robert D. Buschman & David L. Sjoquist, 0. "Citizen "Trust" as an Explanation of State Education Funding to Local School Districts," Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Oxford University Press, vol. 41(4), pages 636-661.
- H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
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- NEP-ALL-2012-08-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-SOC-2012-08-23 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2012-08-23 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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