ERIC Number: ED105587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
Political Fragmentation and the Demand for Educational Services: An Economic Analysis. Final Report.
Baird, Robert N.; And Others
Major inequalities in the level of educational expenditures per student among school districts have been cited as an indication of the need for structural reform of the public educational system. The purpose of this research project was to see if market structure has any effect on the output of public educational services, and, if so, to see how this effect would influence the probable outcomes of the major reform proposals. In order to carry out this project, a three equation econometric model of the market for public school teachers was specified and estimated. This market was selected because teachers' salaries are the largest single component of costs for the average district and because the quality of teachers determines the quality of education offered. Results show that the degree of "competition" among school districts is positively associated with both the revenues appropriated for education and the wage paid to the instructional staff. The study concludes that some proposals for educational reform would, in the long run, decrease the total output of the educational sector. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research Grants.
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH.