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Educational Inequality and Public Policy Preferences: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments

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  • Lergetporer, Philipp

    (ifo Institute at the University of Munich; CESifo)

  • Werner, Katharina

    (ifo Institute at the University of Munich)

  • Woessmann, Ludger

    (University of Munich and ifo Institute; CESifo, IZA, and CAGE)

Abstract

To study how information about educational inequality affects public concerns and policy preferences, we devise survey experiments in representative samples of the German population. Providing information about the extent of educational inequality strongly increases concerns about educational inequality but only slightly affects support for equity-oriented education policies, which is generally high. The small treatment effects are not due to respondents’ failure to connect policies with educational inequality or aversion against government interventions. Support for compulsory preschool is the one policy with a strong positive information treatment effect, which is increased further by informing about policy effectiveness.

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  • Lergetporer, Philipp & Werner, Katharina & Woessmann, Ludger, 2018. "Educational Inequality and Public Policy Preferences: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 391, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
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    1. Grewenig, Elisabeth & Lergetporer, Philipp & Simon, Lisa & Werner, Katharina & Woessmann, Ludger, 2018. "Can Online Surveys Represent the Entire Population?," Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series 117, CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition.

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    Keywords

    inequality; education; information; survey experiment JEL Classification: D30; H52; I24; H11; D63; D83; D72; P16;

    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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