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Within-the-family education and its impact on equality

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  • Katarina Nordblom

    (Uppsala University)

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This is a theoretical study of human-capital formation, where parental, as well as public investments are essential. Policy influence rich and poor parents differently when they make educational decisions. Rich parents allocate resources efficiently between physical bequests and educational investments, while poor parents only afford investments in children's human capital. Therefore educational equality between rich and poor children is not necessarily promoted by further investments in public schooling. However, a simple PAYGO-system could yield efficient allocation also for poor children.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0105004.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 16 May 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0105004

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Keywords: Human capital; public education; bequest; altruism;

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Cited by:
  1. Nicolas Bauduin & Joël Hellier, 2006. "Skill Dynamics, Inequality and Social Policies," Working Papers 34, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Nordblom, Katarina, 2003. "Is increased public schooling really a policy for equality?: The role of within-the-family education," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(9-10), pages 1943-1965, September.

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