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Political economy of decentralized educational research - Theoretical analysis and empirical application for Germany

Completed Project


Public Economics

Project Management

Viktor Steiner

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The goal of this project is the theoretical and empirical analysis of the political decision to supply public education. Polit-economical models need to be developed to motivate the decentralized allocation of public education. These models will be used to answer a series of questions, i.e. individual preferences for supply of decentralized education, or the possibility of financing education via fees and educational subsidies in a decentralized system.

Baumgartner and Steiner (2006), Does More Generous Student Aid Increase Enrolment Rates into Higher Education? Evaluating the German student aid reform of 2001. DIW Discussion Papers No. 563, Berlin; IZA Discussion Papers No. 2034, Bonn.

Borck, R. (2006). Central versus local education finance: A political economy approach. Forthcoming in International Tax and Public Finance.

Oberndorfer, U. and V. Steiner (2006b), Intergenerational Conflict, Partisan Politics, and Public Higher Education Spending – Evidence from the German States. IZA Discussion Papers No. 2417, Bonn.

Oberndorfer, U. and V. Steiner (2007), Generationen- oder Parteienkonflikt? Eine empirische Analyse der deutschen Hochschulausgaben. Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 8(2), 165-183.