Educational vouchers, welfare effects, and voting

William H. Hoyt, Kangoh Lee

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We analyze the welfare effects and voting equilibrium with vouchers for private schools. The analysis shows that vouchers, like tuition tax credits [; ], may improve the welfare of all families, including families whose children remain in public schools, if public educational quality is unchanged and publicly-financed educational expenditures decrease. Thus, voters will approve a voucher only if it reduces taxes. When public educational quality is endogenous, a voucher may increase quality by reducing the tax cost of quality and will be approved if it reduce taxes at the pre-voucher public education level and increases quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-228
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998


  • Educational vouchers
  • H72
  • I22
  • I27
  • Tax reduction
  • Voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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