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Educational inequality and public policy preferences: Evidence from representative survey experiments

Philipp Lergetporer, Katharina Werner and Ludger Woessmann ()

Journal of Public Economics, 2020, vol. 188, issue C

Abstract: To study how information about educational inequality affects public concerns and policy preferences, we devise survey experiments in representative samples of the German population. Providing information about the extent of educational inequality strongly increases concerns about educational inequality. It also affects support for equity-oriented education policies (which have high baseline support), although effects are quantitatively small on average. However, instrumental-variable estimates suggest substantial effects of concerns on policy preferences among the compliers whose concerns are shifted by the information treatment. There are substantial effects on support for compulsory preschool, which increases further if respondents are informed about policy effectiveness.

Keywords: Inequality; Education; Information; Survey experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D30 H52 I24 H11 D63 D83 D72 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2020.104226

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