Calo-Blanco, Aitor and Villar, Antonio (2009): Education, Utilitarianism, and Equality of Opportunity. Published in: Fundación BBVA - Documentos de Trabajo No. 13 (2009)
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We analyze in this paper the impact of different policies on the investment of the families in the education of their children. Families make decisions on the level of human capital of their offsprings regarding the future income that this capital entails (under the assumption that higher education levels yield higher expected income). The families' optimal investment in education depends on their preferences (summarized by their time discount and risk aversion parameters) and their circumstances (initial wealth, parents' education, and children' natural abilities). The public authority designs a balanced tax/subsidy scheme in order to maximize aggregate welfare. We compare the case of a purely utilitarian planner with one that cares about the equality of opportunity.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Education, Utilitarianism, and Equality of Opportunity|
|Keywords:||Equality of Opportunity, Investment in Education, Policy design|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
|Depositing User:||Francisco Pérez|
|Date Deposited:||19. Nov 2009 05:46|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 21:59|
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