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The progressivity of public education in Greece: empirical findings and policy implications

Christos Koutsampelas () and Panos Tsakloglou

Education Economics, 2015, vol. 23, issue 5, 596-611

Abstract: This paper examines the short-run distributional effects of publicly provided education services in Greece using static incidence analysis. Public education is found to be inequality-reducing but the progressivity of the system withers away as we move up to higher educational levels. We employ a framework of both relative and absolute inequality measurement and discuss the merits of the latter. Under this alternative setting, primary education transfers retain their progressivity, the progressivity of secondary education transfers diminishes and tertiary education becomes clearly regressive. Lastly, we simulate the first-round fiscal and distributional effects of a hypothetical graduate tax imposed on current graduates.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2014.884999

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