ERIC Number: EJ771670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 30
Demographic Change and Public Education Spending: A Conflict between Young and Old?
Grob, Ueli; Wolter, Stefan C.
Education Economics, v15 n3 p277-292 Sep 2007
Demographic change in industrial countries will influence educational spending in potentially two ways. On the one hand, the decline in the number of school-age children should alleviate the financial pressure. On the other hand, the theoretical/empirical literature has established that the concomitantly increasing proportion of elderly in the population can influence the propensity of politicians to spend on education. Using a panel of the Swiss Cantons for the period from 1990 to 2002, we find that the education system has exhibited little elasticity in adjusting to changes in the school-age population, and that the share of the elderly population has a significantly negative influence on the willingness to spend on public education. (Contains 3 tables and 13 notes.)
Descriptors: Older Adults, Public Education, Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Funding Formulas, Foreign Countries, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Budgeting, Literature Reviews, Research Design, Population Trends, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland