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Government bias in education, schooling attainment and growth

Basu, Parantap and Bhattarai, Keshab (2011): Government bias in education, schooling attainment and growth.


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A surprising cross country stylized fact is that a higher public spending on education tends to lower the long run per capita growth rate and schooling returns. This is contrary to the conventional wisdom that education is a major driver of growth. In this paper, we revisit this issue and try to understand these puzzling facts in terms of an endogenous growth model. Our cross country calibration of the growth model predicts that countries with a greater government involvement in education experience lower schooling efforts and lower growth.

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