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Intergenerational conflict and the political economy of higher education funding

Eric J. Brunner and Erik Johnson ()

Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, vol. 91, issue C, 73-87

Abstract: We examine how a population's age distribution and a growing divide between the ethnic composition of older and young generations is likely to affect support for higher education funding. Using detailed survey data on voter preferences for higher education funding and precinct-level vote returns from locally-funded community college bond referenda in California, we find that older voters are significantly less supportive of higher education funding than younger voters and that support among older non-Hispanic white voters is particularly weak when those voters reside in a jurisdiction where the college-age population is more heavily Hispanic.

Keywords: Education finance; Age demographics; Intergenerational conflict (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H75 D70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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