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Public education expenditures and socioeconomic performances

Abstract : Countries differ widely in their public policies of education funding. These differences are in the size of the public educational budget and in the allocation of this budget across successive schooling stages. This thesis offers a theoretical and empirical framework to analyse the implications of public education funding policies for economic and social performances of developed and developing countries. A particular focus concerns the effects of the resource allocation in a hierarchic educational system. The theoretical formalisations developed along the three first chapters of this thesis have shown a positive association between increments in the educational budgets on one hand, and human capital accumulation in advanced schooling levels, net economic mobility, income equality, and economic growth on the other hand. Nevertheless, as educational investment is hierarchic, such association may be weak in an economy whose allocation of public resources is excessively biased in favour of the advanced schooling stages and against the basic stages. In fact, an excessive reallocation of public resources from basic toward advanced schooling levels reduces the educational quality at the basic level and would be associated with lower investment in advanced education, lower net mobility, and higher wealth inequality. In the last two chapters of the thesis, empirical tests are conducted using cross-country data in order to assess such a conjecture.
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Mohamed Ben Mimoun. Public education expenditures and socioeconomic performances. Economics and Finance. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2007. English. ⟨tel-00174179⟩



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