Why do populists dislike higher education? A test of mechanisms

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This talk outlines a planned survey, to be fielded in 5 countries, which includes three experiments regarding education politics: a conjoint design examining how people perceive educational quality, a test of voters’ willingness to punish incumbents for poor educational performance, and an examination of the mechanisms that underpin support for educational expansion in higher education. In the talk I will focus mostly on the last design, looking to unpack the mechanisms that might explain growing backlash against higher education amongst some groups of voters.