ERIC Number: ED347030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Political Economy of Public Investments in Better Schools. Staff Paper No. 319.
Smith, Eldon D.
This study explores the proposition that, in less-developed rural areas, employers who provide greater employment opportunities for better educated persons might help communities break out of the vicious spiral caused by poverty-creating inefficiency in the use of public resources. Three hypothesis are advanced: (1) that, if good and extensive education is rewarded by better-paying and more stable local employment, local citizens might recognize more fully the rewards for good education and support efforts to enhance its quality; (2) that the quality of the human resources available within the community can be translated into the profit account of employers through lowered personnel costs; and (3) that in providing more opportunities for better-educated people, firms requiring larger complements of educated personnel infuse more families with educated adults into the community and help retain within the community educated persons who would otherwise have sought employment elsewhere. An exploratory case study of Pulaski County, Kentucky suggested that employers requiring higher percentages of educated personnel, participated in more school activities than employers requiring lower percentages of educated personnel. A telephone survey of parents of high school seniors in four Virginia and one Kentucky high school found: (1) parents' attitudes were not affected by an occupational environment which demonstrates the economic value of education perhaps due to the short experience; but (2) that parents with more schooling participated in more school activities than parents with less schooling. Appendix 1 provides a table of school support activities of selected major manufacturing and service producing employers in Pulaski County. Appendix 2 contains variables included in the Parent Participation Scale. (KS)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Educational Benefits, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Human Capital, Labor Market, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Poverty, Public Policy, Rural Education
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky