The Political Economy of State and Local Investment in Pre-K Programs

30 Pages Posted: 26 May 2015

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kyle Barron

National Bureau of Economic Research

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Date Written: May 2015

Abstract

The expansion of access to publicly provided pre-kindergarten bundles together redistribution to the poor with an early human capital investment. Financing publicly provided pre-K investment is mainly a state and local issue. Which voters favor local pre-K expansion? This paper uses several new data sets to describe the circumstances such that local voters reveal a willingness to spend on an early intervention that may not yield direct benefits for them. Republican voters consistently oppose the expansion of publicly provided pre-K. Suburban voters also tend to oppose such investment. We explore several possible explanations for these facts.

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E. and Barron, Kyle, The Political Economy of State and Local Investment in Pre-K Programs (May 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21208. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2610505

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Kyle Barron

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