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

31 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 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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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.

Keywords: early childhood investment, voting, urban, suburban

JEL Classification: H41

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E. and Barron, Kyle, The Political Economy of State and Local Investment in Pre-K Programs. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9337. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663767

Matthew E. Kahn (Contact Author)

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Kyle Barron

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