Educational Inequality and Public Policy Preferences: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments

51 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018

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Philipp Lergetporer

ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Katharina Werner

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Ludger Woessmann

Ifo Institute for Economic Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); University of Munich - Ifo Institute for Economic Research

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Abstract

To study how information about educational inequality affects public concerns and policy preferences, we devise survey experiments in representative samples of the German population. Providing information about the extent of educational inequality strongly increases concerns about educational inequality but only slightly affects support for equity-oriented education policies, which is generally high. The small treatment effects are not due to respondents' failure to connect policies with educational inequality or aversion against government interventions. Support for compulsory preschool is the one policy with a strong positive information treatment effect, which is increased further by informing about policy effectiveness.

Keywords: inequality, education, information, survey experiment

JEL Classification: D30, H52, I24, H11, D63, D83, D72, P16

Suggested Citation

Lergetporer, Philipp and Werner, Katharina and Woessmann, Ludger, Educational Inequality and Public Policy Preferences: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11730. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3238555

Philipp Lergetporer (Contact Author)

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Katharina Werner

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Ludger Woessmann

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