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A Test for Efficiency in the Supply of Local Public Education

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  • Ted Bergstrom

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  • Judy Roberts
  • Dan Rubinfeld
  • Perry Shapiro

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This paper devises and applies a statistical test for efficient provision of local public education. The test is based on the ``Samuelson condition'' of equality between the sum of marginal rates of substitution and marginal cost. The econometric method is a micro-based approach to the estimation of the marginal rate of substitution function. This method accounts for possible ``Tiebout bias'' caused by the fact that individuals may choose their school districts in accordance with their tastes for education.

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  • Ted Bergstrom & Judy Roberts & Dan Rubinfeld & Perry Shapiro, 1988. "A Test for Efficiency in the Supply of Local Public Education," Papers _036, University of Michigan, Department of Economics.
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    2. Ahlin, Åsa & Johansson, Eva, 2000. "Demand for Local Public Schooling: Another Brick in the Wall," Working Paper Series 2000:12, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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    14. Robert P. Inman, 1993. "Presidential Leadership and the Reform of Fiscal Policy: Learning from Reagan's Role in TRA 86," NBER Working Papers 4395, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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