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Obstacles to Efficient Allocations of Public Education Spending

Katharina Werner ()

No 128, Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series from CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition

Abstract: Economic research suggests that investments in early education are generally more successful than investments at later ages. This paper presents a representative survey experiment on education spending in Germany, which exhibits low relative public spending on early education. Results are consistent with a model of misconceptions: informing randomly selected respondents about benefits of early education spending shifts majority support for public spending increases from later education levels to spending on early and primary education. Effects of information provision persist over a two-week period in a follow-up survey. By contrast, results do not suggest self-interested groups inefficiently allocate public education spending.

Keywords: misconceptions; public spending; education spending; information; survey experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 D83 H52 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12-20
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