Why Do Education Vouchers Fail at the Ballot Box?
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics
Buly A. Cardak
La Trobe University - School of Economics and Finance
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis
August 1, 2012
FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2011-032B
We compare a uniform voucher regime against the status quo mix of public and private education, focusing on the distribution of welfare gains and losses across house-holds by income. We argue that the topping-up option available under uniform vouchers is not sufficiently valuable for the poorer households, so the voucher regime is defeated at the polls. Our result depends critically on the opting-out feature in the current system.
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Date posted: April 12, 2012 ; Last revised: November 7, 2012
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