Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2010

Abstract

Universities were first established in Europe around the twelfth century, although primary schools did not appear until the nineteenth. This paper accounts for this phenomenon using a political economy model of educational change on who are educated (the elite or the masses) and what is taught (general or specific/vocational education). A key assumption is that general education is more effective than specific education in enhancing one's skills in a broad range of tasks, including political rent-seeking. Its findings suggest that specific education for the masses is compatible with the elite rule, whereas mass general education is not, which refines the conventional association between education and democracy.

Discipline

Higher Education | Political Economy

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics

Publication

Economic Enquiry

Volume

50

Issue

2

First Page

418

Last Page

434

ISSN

0095-2583

Identifier

10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00308.x

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00308.x

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