SITE Working Paper Series
Maria Perrotta Berlin
Hidden Redistribution in Higher Education
Abstract: Low income countries, and in particular countries in
Sub-Saharan Africa, have invested huge resources over the last 40 years in
financing higher (university level) education, compared with the number of
students at that level and with the corresponding expenditures for lower
levels of education. I propose and test an elite capture hypothesis: that
expenditure in tertiary education is partly used as a tool for
redistribution towards the elites close to the political leaders. I fi nd
that this hypothesis can explain a substantial part of the within-country
variation in expenditures levels.
Keywords: higher education; public expenditures; inefficient redistribution; Sub-Saharan Africa; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C81; H52; I22; O55; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, August 6, 2013
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