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Explaining differences in educational spending in rural Sweden in the 1870’s

Andersson, Jens LU (2012) EKHR62 20121
Department of Economic History
Abstract
This thesis gives a historical perspective on current debates on growing inequalities in Swedish schools, by analysing explanations to differences in educational spending between rural municipalities in Sweden in the 1870s using a multi-variate regression model. The results indicate that both absolute wealth and the size of the middle-class are good predictors of school spending at local level. This would seem to support a human capital explanation of the emergence of public primary education. The existence of top elites was found to have little significance, which seems to contradict social-control explanations to school development. The role of the diffusion of the franchise is difficult to analyse, given that Sweden was an elite... (More)
This thesis gives a historical perspective on current debates on growing inequalities in Swedish schools, by analysing explanations to differences in educational spending between rural municipalities in Sweden in the 1870s using a multi-variate regression model. The results indicate that both absolute wealth and the size of the middle-class are good predictors of school spending at local level. This would seem to support a human capital explanation of the emergence of public primary education. The existence of top elites was found to have little significance, which seems to contradict social-control explanations to school development. The role of the diffusion of the franchise is difficult to analyse, given that Sweden was an elite democracy at the time. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Jens LU
supervisor
organization
course
EKHR62 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
history, franchise, human capital, education, primary schools, school finance, Sweden
language
English
id
2798835
date added to LUP
2012-09-04 14:29:38
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  abstract     = {This thesis gives a historical perspective on current debates on growing inequalities in Swedish schools, by analysing explanations to differences in educational spending between rural municipalities in Sweden in the 1870s using a multi-variate regression model. The results indicate that both absolute wealth and the size of the middle-class are good predictors of school spending at local level. This would seem to support a human capital explanation of the emergence of public primary education. The existence of top elites was found to have little significance, which seems to contradict social-control explanations to school development. The role of the diffusion of the franchise is difficult to analyse, given that Sweden was an elite democracy at the time.},
  author       = {Andersson, Jens},
  keyword      = {history,franchise,human capital,education,primary schools,school finance,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Explaining differences in educational spending in rural Sweden in the 1870’s},
  year         = {2012},
}