Public Schooling, Indoctrination, and Totalitarianism
John R. Lott Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107, Number 6, Part 2, pp. S127-S157, December 1999,
Governments use public education and public ownership of schools and the media to control the information that their citizens receive. More totalitarian governments as well as those with larger wealth transfers make greater investments in publicly controlled information. This finding is borne out from cross sectional time-series evidence across countries, and is confirmed when specifically examining the recent fall of communism. My results reject the standard public good's view linking education and democracy, and I find evidence that public educational expenditures vary in similar ways to government ownership of television stations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
JEL Classification: I28
Date posted: May 3, 1999