Integrated public education, fertility and human capital

Leonid V. Azarnert

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This paper analyzes the consequences of integration in public education. I show that the flight from the integrated multicultural public schools to private education increases private educational expenditures and, as a result, decreases fertility among more affluent parents whose children flee. In contrast, among less prosperous parents integration in public education decreases their children's human-capital levels. I demonstrate that the poor, who cannot opt out, incur greater costs than the rich, who can resort to private education. I also analyze the overall society-wide effect of the integration policy and derive a condition that determines precisely whether this policy increases or decreases the average level of human capital in society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-180
Number of pages15
JournalEducation Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • fertility
  • human capital
  • integration
  • private education
  • public education


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