Quasi-monopoly: A theoretical model to understand the state-private sector relationship in educational systems


  • Mariano Narodowski Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • Juan Carlos Morgan Universidad Nacional de la Plata




comparative education, state action, private education, public education, mathematical models


The aim of this article is to present a detailed exposition of the theoretical model of the quasi-monopoly of educational systems. Rather than simply understanding private education in opposition to public education, the gathered evidence allows for the design of an equilibrium model that tends to a) maximize private spending as a way to raise the schooling rate, b) generate a private “exit” sector that presents a trade off with the traditional state sector in regards to decision making about the organization of the institutions, the use of resources, the curriculum, etc. and c) reproduce the stock as well as the flow of state resources to the traditional state sector, regardless of their needs, problems of inequality and cases of ineffective resource allocation. The paper presents the key concepts for the analysis and provides examples with data collected from previous investigations. Furthermore, a mathematical model is proposed to axiomatize the components of a quasi-monopoly in an educational system. Finally, the article offers different perspectives of analysis to use the theoretical model of the quasi-monopoly in an educational system for different national and sub-national cases.


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Author Biographies

Mariano Narodowski, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Mariano Narodowski es Profesor Titular de la Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella donde dirige el Instituto para el Futuro de la Educación. Obtuvo su doctorado en la Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Ha escrito 14 libros, editado 7, y publicado más de 100 artículos y capítulos de libros en medios académicos reconocidos. Actualmente investiga sobre problemas de política educativa e historia y prospectiva de la escolarización desde una perspectiva comparada.

Juan Carlos Morgan, Universidad Nacional de la Plata

Juan Carlos Mongan es Profesor en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata y ha sido investigador en diversos organismos públicos. Obtuvo su doctorado en Economía Pública en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Sus principales campos de estudio son la economía pública, las finanzas públicas y la econometria aplicadas al sector público argentino.



How to Cite

Narodowski, M., & Morgan, J. C. (2020). Quasi-monopoly: A theoretical model to understand the state-private sector relationship in educational systems. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 45. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.28.4134



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