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State partisanship and higher education

Alberto Ortega

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 76, issue C

Abstract: This paper uses a regression discontinuity approach to estimate the causal effect of a governor’s party affiliation on higher education in the U.S. The findings indicate that when a Democrat wins a close race for governor, there is an increase in state revenues appropriated to associate’s-degree-granting colleges. There is also some evidence that minority-serving institutions receive additional state funds when a Democratic governor is elected. There is little evidence, however, that state partisanship affects other types of outcomes (e.g. enrollment).

Keywords: Higher education funding; State budget and expenditures; Politics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.101977

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