Public Education and Income Distribution: A Dynamic Quantitative Evaluation of Education-Finance Reform

Raquel Fernández, Richard Rogerson

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Abstract

Many states are implementing school-finance reforms which will have complex effects on income distribution, intergenerational income mobility, and welfare. This paper analyzes the static and dynamic effects of such reforms by constructing a dynamic general equilibrium model of public-education provision and calibrating it using U.S. data. We examine the consequences of a reform of a locally financed system to a state-financed system which equalizes expenditures per student across districts. We find that this policy increases both average income and the share of income spent on education. Steady-state welfare increases by 3.2 percent of steady-state income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-833
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume88
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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