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Infrastructure, Public Education And Growth With Congestion Costs

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type="main" xml:lang="en"> This paper studies the implications of education quality for the optimal allocation of public expenditure in a simple endogenous growth model with mandatory schooling and infrastructure spillovers. Education quality is inversely related to the degree of congestion in schools, which is itself measured in two ways: the proportions of teachers and students in the population, and the ratio of government spending on education to teaching capacity. The balanced-growth path is derived and the transitional dynamics associated with an increase in the degree of congestion are analysed. The growth-maximizing share of government spending on education is shown to depend negatively on the congestion parameter. Policy implications for the ‘quantity versus quality’ debate in schooling are also discussed.

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  • Pierre-Richard Agénor, 2012. "Infrastructure, Public Education And Growth With Congestion Costs," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(4), pages 449-469, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:buecrs:v:64:y:2012:i:4:p:449-469
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