Information Provision and Preferences for Education Spending: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments in Three Countries

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Maria Alejandra Cattaneo

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF)

Guido Schwerdt

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

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

Philipp Lergetporer

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

Katharina Werner

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

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Do differences in citizens' policy preferences hamper international cooperation in education policy? To gain comparative evidence on public preferences for education spending, we conduct representative experiments with information treatments in Switzerland using identical survey techniques previously used in Germany and the United States. In Switzerland, providing information about actual spending and salary levels reduces support for increased education spending from 54 to 40 percent and for increased teacher salaries from 27 to 19 percent, respectively. The broad patterns of education policy preferences are similar across the three countries when the role of status-quo and information are taken into account.

Keywords: policy preferences, cross-country comparison, international cooperation, Switzerland, Germany, United States, education spending, information, survey experiments

JEL Classification: H520, I220, D720, D830

Suggested Citation

Cattaneo, Maria Alejandra and Schwerdt, Guido and Woessmann, Ludger and Lergetporer, Philipp and Werner, Katharina and Wolter, Stefan C., Information Provision and Preferences for Education Spending: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments in Three Countries (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7936. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3490399

Maria Alejandra Cattaneo (Contact Author)

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) ( email )

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Guido Schwerdt

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Ludger Woessmann

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Philipp Lergetporer

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

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Katharina Werner

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

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Germany

Stefan C. Wolter

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