Intergenerational Conflict, Partisan Politics, and Public Higher Education Spending: Evidence from the German States

24 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2006

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Viktor Steiner

Zentrum Fuer Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) - Center for European Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ulrich Oberndorfer

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

We analyze potential effects of demographic change and political constellations on higher education spending. In our panel analysis of west German states (Laender) for the period 1985 to 2002 we find empirical evidence for the hypothesis of a negative relationship between demographic aging and spending on public higher education. In contrast to the hypothesis of the classical partisan theory that implies higher public expenditures under leftist parties, we find that governments under conservative parties or a coalition between social democrats and conservatives spend more on public higher education than governments run by the social-democratic party alone.

Keywords: demographic change, public higher education spending, partisan politics

JEL Classification: H52, H72, I22

Suggested Citation

Steiner, Viktor and Oberndorfer, Ulrich, Intergenerational Conflict, Partisan Politics, and Public Higher Education Spending: Evidence from the German States (November 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2417. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947064

Viktor Steiner (Contact Author)

Zentrum Fuer Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) - Center for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ulrich Oberndorfer

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

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