The Curious Dawn of American Public Schools

64 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2007 Last revised: 23 Oct 2007

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Sun Go

Chung-Ang University - Department of Economics

Peter H. Lindert

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

Three factors help to explain why school enrollments in the Northern United States were higher than those in the South and in most of Europe by 1850. One was affordability: the northern states had higher real incomes, cheaper teachers, and greater local tax support. The second was the greater autonomy of local governments. The third was the greater diffusion of voting power among the citizenry in much of the North, especially in rural communities. The distribution of local political voice appears to be a robust predictor of tax support and enrollments, both within and between regions.

Suggested Citation

Go, Sun and Lindert, Peter H., The Curious Dawn of American Public Schools (August 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13335, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008827

Sun Go

Chung-Ang University - Department of Economics ( email )

Seoul
Korea

Peter H. Lindert (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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