Education Expenditure and Human Development through the Experience of Thailand

Authors

ผศ.ดร.ดนุวัศ สาคริก

Published

รายงานสืบเนื่องการประชุมวิชาการระดับชาติ เนื่องในโอกาสครบรอบปีที่ 53 แห่งการสถาปนา สถาบันบัณฑิตพัฒนบริหารศาสตร์

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of government education expenditure
on human development. This paper seeks to add to the literature by exemplifying the
background of theories that focus on the role of education that relate to human
development. This integrative study takes into account public policy as represented by
public expenditure as it is an obvious sign of how and what government behave in practice.
The main objective of this paper is to clarify how education expenditure has effect on
human development. This paper also seeks to provide lessons learnt from the experience of
Thailand in the past as well as to provide policy implications to policy makers and
practitioners. By using time-series multiple regression analysis of the 30 years data of
Thailand, the result of this study indicates that education expenditures have no significant
effect on human development. This is a clear and bold message to the policy makers to
perhaps rethink about the effectiveness and efficiency of education expenditures and in the
future may think about gearing the education expenditures to benefit human development
more.

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