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To Segregate or to Integrate

Working Paper 2007-60


The governments of nearly all countries are major providers of primary and secondary education to its citizens. In some countries, however, public schools coexist with private schools, while in others the government is the sole provider of education. In this study,we askwhy different societiesmake different choices regarding the mix of private and public schooling. We develop a theory which integrates private education and fertility decisionswith voting on public schooling

Authors: David de la Croix, Matthias Doepke.

JEL: D72, I21, H42, O10.