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Åsa Ahlin and Eva Johansson
Individual demand for local public schooling: Evidence from Swedish survey data
Abstract: In this paper we investigate the demand for local public
school expenditures in Sweden using survey data, a method previously never
applied to Swedish data. We compare our results to those of earlier US
studies, where the same method is used in a different institutional setup.
Estimating a linear demand specifica-tion, we find that demand is inelastic
with respect to income and taxprice, much in line with previous Swedish
findings in a median voter framework. Es-timation of a log-linear demand
specification indicates that the elasticities of demand for schooling are
higher in Sweden than in the US. Testing the hy-pothesis that municipal
employees tend to have a higher demand for public spending than others, we
conclude that income, as well as taxprice and grants, enters the demand
function differently for the two groups of employees.
Keywords: individual demand; local public schooling; survey data; public employees; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C25; H40; H72; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, February 19, 2001
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Ahlin, Åsa and Eva Johansson, (2001), 'Individual demand for local public schooling: Evidence from Swedish survey data', International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 8, August, No. 4, pages 331-351
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