Public Education Spending and Poverty in Burkina Faso: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach

European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences, Issue 44 (2012); ISSN 1450-2275

22 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2012

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Lacina Balma

UNICEF

W. Francine Alida Ilboudo

Independent

Adama Ouattarac

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roméo Kabored

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kassoum Zerbo

Université Ouaga II

Samuel Tambi Kabore

Independent

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Date Written: February 10, 2012

Abstract

The paper analyses welfare and poverty implications of different options for creating and using fiscal space for public education expenditures. The analysis uses a multi sectoral computable general equilibrium model calibrated for Burkina Faso. Education is demanded by households as an investment to “transform” unqualified workers into qualified workers. The simulations indicate that a 40% across-the-board increase in public subsidies for primary education, financed by an increase in taxes on household income and sales taxes, not only leads to an increase in welfare but also to a decline in the incidence of poverty for all household types.

Keywords: Computable general equilibrium model, public education spending, Burkina Faso

JEL Classification: C6, H5, I2, I3, J2, O5

Suggested Citation

Balma, Lacina and Ilboudo, W. Francine Alida and Ouattarac, Adama and Kabored, Roméo and Zerbo, Kassoum and Kabore, Samuel Tambi, Public Education Spending and Poverty in Burkina Faso: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach (February 10, 2012). European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences, Issue 44 (2012); ISSN 1450-2275, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2103122

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Adama Ouattarac

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roméo Kabored

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kassoum Zerbo

Université Ouaga II ( email )

Gonse
Burkina Faso

Samuel Tambi Kabore

Independent ( email )

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