Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82161
Authors: 
Ahlin, Åsa
Johansson, Eva
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2001:1
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.
Subjects: 
individual demand
local public schooling
survey data
public employees
JEL: 
C25
H40
H72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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