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|July 2018||School Spirit: Legislator School Ties and State Funding for Higher Education|
with Aaron K. Chatterji, Ryan C. McDevitt: w24818
We explore a new mechanism to understand state funding for public colleges and universities by leveraging data on the educational experiences of state legislators, specifically if and where they received postsecondary education. Using novel, hand-collected data from 2002 through 2014, we provide comprehensive documentation for the first time in the literature on the educational backgrounds of state legislators. We find a statistically significant, positive association between the share of legislators who attended their states' public institutions and state funding for their entire public higher-education system. We also find a similar positive relationship between the share of state legislators who attended particular campuses of the state's public university system and funding for those c...
Published: Aaron K. Chatterji & Joowon Kim & Ryan C. McDevitt, 2018. "School spirit: Legislator school ties and state funding for higher education," Journal of Public Economics, vol 164, pages 254-269. citation courtesy of