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The Determinants of Public Education Expenditures: Evidence from the States, 1950-1990

  • Raquel Fernandez
  • Richard Rogerson

We examine a panel data set for the US states over the period 1950-1990 and use it to assess the effects of growth in personal income and number of students on expenditure on public primary and secondary education. Our analysis suggests that the share of personal income devoted to education is roughly constant, implying that per student education expenditures grow at roughly the same rate as personal income per student. We also find evidence that additional factors accounted for an increase in education expenditures over the period 1950-1970.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5995.

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Date of creation: Apr 1997
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Publication status: published as Fernandez, Raquel and Richard Rogerson. "Public Education And Income Distribution: A Dynamic Quantitative Evaluation Of Education-finance Reform," American Economic Review, 1998, v88(4,Sep), 813-833.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5995
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  1. Bergstrom, Theodore C & Rubinfeld, Daniel L & Shapiro, Perry, 1982. "Micro-Based Estimates of Demand Functions for Local School Expenditures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(5), pages 1183-1205, September.
  2. Fernandez, Raquel & Rogerson, Richard, 1998. "Public Education and Income Distribution: A Dynamic Quantitative Evaluation of Education-Finance Reform," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(4), pages 813-33, September.
  3. Murray, Sheila E & Evans, William N & Schwab, Robert M, 1998. "Education-Finance Reform and the Distribution of Education Resources," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(4), pages 789-812, September.
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