A comparative analysis of education costs and outcomes

The United States vs. other OECD countries

Edward Wolff, William J. Baumol, Anne Noyes Saini

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    In this paper we confirm the universality of steadily rising education expenditures among OECD nations, as predicted by "Baumol and Bowen's cost disease", and show that this trajectory of costs can be expected to continue for the foreseeable future. However, we find that while the level of education costs in America is significantly higher than that of all other OECD countries, education spending per student in the United States is increasing about as quickly as it is in many other countries-perhaps even less quickly. Although these cost increases undoubtedly will contribute to each nation's fiscal problems, we conclude that effective education contributes to improvement of the economic performance of each country and can mitigate resulting financial pressures by spurring growth in overall purchasing power.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-21
    Number of pages21
    JournalEconomics of Education Review
    Volume39
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2014

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    Keywords

    • Cost disease
    • Costs
    • Education
    • International comparison
    • Productivity

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    • Economics and Econometrics

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    A comparative analysis of education costs and outcomes : The United States vs. other OECD countries. / Wolff, Edward; Baumol, William J.; Saini, Anne Noyes.

    In: Economics of Education Review, Vol. 39, 04.2014, p. 1-21.

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    Wolff, Edward ; Baumol, William J. ; Saini, Anne Noyes. / A comparative analysis of education costs and outcomes : The United States vs. other OECD countries. In: Economics of Education Review. 2014 ; Vol. 39. pp. 1-21.
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