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Public Opinion on Education Policy in Germany

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  • Lergetporer, Philipp

    () (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

  • Werner, Katharina

    () (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

  • Woessmann, Ludger

    () (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Abstract

To better understand the political economy constraints of education policy, we have conducted the annual ifo Education Survey in Germany since 2014. This paper summarizes selected key findings on the German publics' preferences for education policies ranging from early childhood education and schools to the apprenticeship system, universities, and lifelong learning. While the emerging picture is complex and multifaceted, some general patterns emerge. The majority of Germans is surprisingly open to education reform and favors clear performance orientation. Survey experiments indicate that information can have substantial effects on public policy preferences. Overall, education policies seem important for respondents' voting behavior.

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  • Lergetporer, Philipp & Werner, Katharina & Woessmann, Ludger, 2017. "Public Opinion on Education Policy in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 10948, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Glomm, Gerhard & Ravikumar, B. & Schiopu, Ioana C., 2011. "The Political Economy of Education Funding," Handbook of the Economics of Education, Elsevier.
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    1. Philipp Lergetporer & Marc Piopiunik & Lisa Simon, 2017. "Do Natives' Beliefs About Refugees' Education Level Affect Attitudes Toward Refugees? Evidence from Randomized Survey Experiments," CESifo Working Paper Series 6832, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    education policy; public opinion; political economy; survey experiments; Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education

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