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Education for the Masses?: The Interaction between Wealth, Educational and Political Inequalities

Title: Education for the Masses?: The Interaction between Wealth, Educational and Political Inequalities
Author: Francisco H. G. Ferreira
Topic: Education
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This is an electronic version of the Article as published in the print edition of the Economics of Transition , 9 (2), pp. 533-552, 2001.

This paper presents a simple model of distribution dynamics, in which the distributions of wealth, education and political power are circularly endogenous. Different levels of education translate into different income and wealth levels. Political power may (or may not) vary with wealth, and in turn affects decisions on the level of public expenditure on education. Since the market for education credit is imperfect, some people might need to rely on public schooling, the quality of which depends on those expenditure levels. As a result, educational opportunities differ along the wealth distribution. The dynamic system displays multiple equilibria, some of which are characterised by a vicious circle of interaction between educational, wealth and political inequalities. These particular equilibria, which are more unequal, are also shown to be inefficient in terms of aggregate output levels. Switching equilibria may be achieved through redistribution of political power.

 




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