ERIC Number: ED510404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Income Inequality, the Median Voter, and the Support for Public Education. NBER Working Paper No. 16097
Corcoran, Sean; Evans, William N.
National Bureau of Economic Research
Using a panel of U.S. school districts spanning 1970-2000, we examine the relationship between income inequality and fiscal support for public education. In contrast with recent theoretical and empirical work suggesting a negative relationship between inequality and public spending, we find results consistent with a median voter model, in which inequality that reduces the median voter's tax share induces higher local spending on public education. We estimate that 12 to 22 percent of the increase in local school spending over this period is attributable to rising inequality.
Descriptors: Income, Educational Finance, Public Education, School Districts, School District Spending
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research