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When Does Government Debt Crowd Out Investment?

  • Nora Traum

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    (North Carolina State University)

  • Shu-Chun Yang

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    (Congressional Budget Office)

We investigate the relationship between inequality and education funding in a model of probabilistic voting over public education spending where the private option is available. A change in inequality can have opposite effects at different income levels: higher inequality decreases public spending per student and increases enrollment in public schools in poor economies, while the opposite holds in the rich ones. A change in the tax base can also have non-monotonic effects. We also study the implications of different voting participation across income groups. The predictions of the model are supported by U.S. school district-level data.

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Paper provided by Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington in its series Caepr Working Papers with number 2010-006.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:inu:caeprp:2010-006
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