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Hidden Redistribution in Higher Education

Maria Berlin ()

No 23, SITE Working Paper Series from Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics

Abstract: Low income countries, and in particular countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, have invested huge resources over the last 40 years in financing higher (university level) education, compared with the number of students at that level and with the corresponding expenditures for lower levels of education. I propose and test an elite capture hypothesis: that expenditure in tertiary education is partly used as a tool for redistribution towards the elites close to the political leaders. I fi nd that this hypothesis can explain a substantial part of the within-country variation in expenditures levels.

Keywords: higher education; public expenditures; inefficient redistribution; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C81 H52 I22 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2013-08-06
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