Budgetary Priorities in a Crisis State: Shifts in Iranian Government Allocations
Looney, Robert E.
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The ability of the Iranian economy to provide viable jobs for the country's rapidly growing population will, in the long run, be largely dependent on the ability of the country to upgrade its stock of human capital. An analysis of Iranian Government budgets starting in 1970 indicates a steadfast commitment of the government to funding education. In fact, despite revolution, war, and political change the government has managed to maintain the budgetary share allocated to educational expenditures. On the other hand, since the fall of the Shah there has been a dramatic shift in the composition of the educational budget towards primary education and away from secondary and university training. In this regard, it is hard to see major increases in growth occurring in the longer term Wlless the government is willing to alter its priorities towards increased funding of more advanced and technical training.
Crossroads, no. 32, 1991.Refereed Journal Article
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