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¿Es rentable para el sector público invertir en educación?

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  • Inés P. Murillo Huertas

    () (Universidad de Extremadura)

  • Francisco Pedraja Chaparro

    () (Universidad de Extremadura)

Abstract

The present paper analyzes one of the advantages that a country can derive from people with higher educational levels, i.e. higher tax revenues resulting from the higher earnings from higher school attainment.More specifically, we test whether the marginal revenue obtained by the public sector from taxpayers holding an additional educational level is higher than the marginal public expenditure on them. To accomplish this aim, we extend Psacharopoulos (1981) analysis and calculate internal rates of return for public expenditure in schooling. Our results suggest that taxpayers with an additional educational level, including those attaining post-compulsory educational levels, are profitable for the public sector.

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  • Inés P. Murillo Huertas & Francisco Pedraja Chaparro, 2009. "¿Es rentable para el sector público invertir en educación?," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 188(1), pages 9-29, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2009:v:188:1:p:9-29
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    Keywords

    Education expenditure; tax burden; internal rate of return.;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies

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