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Public Education Spending, Sectoral Taxation and Growth


  • Marion Davin

    () (Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), CNRS & EHESS)


This paper examines the interplay between public education expenditure and economic growth in a two-sector model. We reveal that agents’ preferences for services, education and savings play a major role in the relationship between growth and public education expenditures, as long as production is taxed at a different rate in each sector.

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  • Marion Davin, 2013. "Public Education Spending, Sectoral Taxation and Growth," AMSE Working Papers 1355, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France, revised Oct 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:aim:wpaimx:1355

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    Public education; Two-sector model; Sectoral taxes; Endogenous growth.;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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