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Is Equality Of Opportunity Politically Feasible?


  • Stefan Zink


We develop a political-economy model where the amount of education subsidies is determined in a majority vote and spending is financed by revenues from taxation. Our analysis demonstrates that limiting the extent of subsidization and thus excluding the poor from gaining enough education can be a political equilibrium. Despite being the main beneficiaries of subsidies, the politically decisive middle class hesitates to extend monetary benefits, since improved access to higher education diminishes the return to education. Moreover, a non-monotone relation between inequality and the extent of redistribution through tax-financed educational subsidies obtains. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005.

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  • Stefan Zink, 2005. "Is Equality Of Opportunity Politically Feasible?," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17, pages 111-127, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:17:y:2005:i::p:111-127

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    1. Luna Bellani & Heinrich Ursprung, 2016. "The Political Economy of Redistribution Policy," CESifo Working Paper Series 6189, CESifo Group Munich.

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