First published on
13 July 2020
Economic Brief 056

The Economic Benefits of Improving Efficiency in Public Spending on Education in the European Union


In this paper we ask what the gain in GDP per capita could be if the public money available for education were used according to best practice across the EU. We provide a quantitative measure based on a ‘back-of-the-envelope’ calculation combining two different estimates from the literature.


Peter Voigt, Anna Thum-Thysen and Wouter Simons. European Commission

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Economic Brief 056. July 2020. Brussels. PDF. 18pp. Tab. Graph. Bibliogr. Free.

KC-BE-18-024-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-77385-3 (online)
ISSN 2443-8022 (online)
doi:10.2765/496698 (online)

JEL classification: I21, I26, I28, H52


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