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On the Political Economy of Social Security and Public Education

  • Panu Poutvaara


I analyze simultaneous voting on the wage tax rate and investment in public education using a model with three overlapping generations and ability differences inside each cohort. Wage tax revenue finances public education and social security benefits. I derive the results both for a once-and-for-all voting system with commitment and for repeated voting. My model allows demographic change and productivity growth. Even when cohorts are of the same size, the median voter may be a young uneducated citizen.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 03 Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0303001
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