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Costing and financing education in LDCs : current issues (English)

This paper reviews two different issues of current concern to educational planners and policy-makers involved in the costing and financing of education. The first one highlights the financial impossibility of continuing upward trends in educational costs. It does so by presenting the theoretical case of a country affected by the problem of rapidly rising enrollments and unit costs, increasing share of public expenditure claimed by education and government's inability to devise an alternative strategy acceptable to all segments of the population. The data base corresponds to typical situations of the developing world. The second part of the paper digs into the issue of education and income distribution. It argues that, contrary to the views held by many social reformers, there is little chance that education per se is an adequate policy tool to achieve a more equitable distribution of income. The point is made that education may be conducive towards greater equity only if the policies concerning the pricing, financing and taxing of education are actually geared towards this goal. The conclusion of the paper stresses the importance of educational finance policies in a development strategy aiming at using education to promote equity.

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  • Author

    HULTIN, M. JALLADE, J.

  • Document Date

    1975/05/31

  • Document Type

    Staff Working Paper

  • Report Number

    SWP216

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/12

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Costing and financing education in LDCs : current issues

  • Keywords

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HULTIN, M. JALLADE, J.

Costing and financing education in LDCs : current issues (English). Staff working paper ; no. SWP 216 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/494001467986266389/Costing-and-financing-education-in-LDCs-current-issues