Income distribution, communities, and the quality of public education

Raquel Fernandez, Richard Rogerson

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This paper develops a multicommunity model and analyzes policies that affect spending on public education and its distribution across communities. We find that policies that on net increase the fraction of the (relatively) wealthiest residents in the poorest community are welfare enhancing; policies that decrease this fraction can make all worse off. Appropriately financed policies to (i) redistribute income toward the poorest, (ii) increase spending on education in the poorest community, and (iii) make the poorest community more attractive to relatively wealthier individuals, produce chain reactions in which the quality of education increases and tax rates fall in all communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-164
Number of pages31
JournalQuarterly Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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