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Public education spending in a globalized world:

  • Thushyanthan Baskaran

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  • Zohal Hessami

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This paper studies the effect of globalization on public expenditures allocated to different stages of education. First, we derive theoretically that globalization’s influence on education expenditures depends on the type of government. For benevolent governments, the model suggests that expenditures for higher education will increase and expenditures for basic education will decline with deepening economic integration. For Leviathan governments, on the other hand, the effects of globalization on public education spending cannot be unambiguously predicted. In the second part of the paper, we empirically analyze globalization’s influence on primary, secondary, and tertiary education expenditures with panel data covering 104 countries over the 1992–2006 period. The results indicate that globalization has led in both industrialized and developing countries to more spending for secondary and tertiary and to less spending for primary education. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 677-707

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:19:y:2012:i:5:p:677-707
DOI: 10.1007/s10797-011-9202-z
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