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Composition of Public Education Expenditures and Human Capital Accumulation

  • Katsuyuki Naito

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    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Keigo Nishida

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)

This paper provides a simple theory to study how the allocation of public funds between primary and higher education affects human cap- ital accumulation. The allocation is endogenously determined through majority voting. Public funding for higher education is not supported when a majority is poor. In some cases, higher education starts to be realized as a majority of individuals accumulate enough human capital through primary edu- cation. Although the emergence of higher education can accelerate aggregate human capital accumulation, it widens income inequality because the very poor are excluded from higher ed- ucation and the declined budget share for primary education decreases its quality.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 826.

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Length: 13pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:826
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