June 2008

IZA DP No. 3557: Short-Run Distributional Effects of Public Education Transfers to Tertiary Education Students in Seven European Countries

published in: Education Economics, 2008, 16 (3), 275-288

Direct provision of public services can alter the balance of resources across income groups. We focus on the issues arising when taking account of the impact of publicly provided education services across the income distribution. We combine OECD information on spending per student in particular levels of the education system with micro data from nationwide income surveys to track the allocation of resources. We pay particular attention to the role of third level education, and provide comparable results for seven European countries (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK).