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Individual policy preferences for vocational versus academic education: Microlevel evidence for the case of Switzerland

  • Marius R. Busemeyer

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    (Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany)

  • Maria Alejandra Cattaneo

    (Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF-CSRE), Aarau, Switzerland)

  • Stefan C. Wolter

    ()

    (University of Bern, Centre for Research in Economics of Education and Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF-CSRE), Aarau, Switzerland, and CESifo & IZA)

This paper uses an original dataset from a survey conducted in Switzerland in 2007 to explore the dynamics of education policy preferences. This issue has largely been neglected in that most studies on welfare state attitudes do not look at preferences for education. We argue that education policy preferences vary along two dimensions: the distribution of resources across different sectors of the education system (that is, vocational training versus academic education) and the level of investment in education both from public and private sources. With regard to the former, the findings suggest that individual educational experience matters most, that is, individuals prefer to concentrate resources on those educational sectors that are closest to their own educational background. With regard to the latter, we find that affiliation to partisan ideologies matters much more than other variables. Proponents of the left demand more investment both from the state as well as from the private sector and oppose individual tuition fees.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0068.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Publication status: published
Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0068
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  1. Ueli Grob & Stefan C. Wolter, 2006. "Demographic Change and Public Education Spending a Conflict between Young and Old?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0008, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  2. Alejandra Cattaneo & Stefan C. Wolter, 2007. "Are The Elderly A Threat To Educational Expenditures?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0003, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
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