I have searched for these sorts of studies and been unable to find anything. If anyone knows anyone who might help me uncover these answers, please let me know:
1) Is there a correlation between starting your career with a large business vs a small business and ultimately going on to start your own business?
2) Are people who start their own companies after working at small businesses more or less likely to achieve success than those who start their own companies after working at large businesses?
3) Are software companies started by software developers more likely to be in business in ten years than those started by non-technical founders?
4) Are companies started by MBAs more likely to be in business after ten years than those started by non-MBAs?
5) Are companies started by 18 year olds more likely to be in business after ten years than those started by 50 year olds?
Hume and Smith observed that “governments who supported churches with tax dollars got a less religious populace.” In a post at Values & Capitalism, Isaac Morehouse extends that thinking to education:
When the church is publicly supported it becomes less responsive to parishioners and less creative in gaining and retaining new members. When churches had to rely solely on voluntary support, they innovated. Sermons became more interesting to the listeners, facilities were built to meet the needs of attendees, and church leaders more aggressively and creatively looked for ways to show the applicability and value of religion to everyday life. This marketing, innovation and energy resulted in greater “consumption” of religious “goods” than in countries where the state supported the church…
It’s silly to suggest that religion cannot exist without state support, and even more absurd to suggest that the federal government could improve upon religion. Yet the vast majority of Americans fail to see the same cause and effect relationship between state funding of education and the level of education among the public.
If you like the idea of a population that is competent in math, science, reading, writing, physics, philosophy, biology, history, economics and every other field of knowledge, you should oppose state support for education. Without resorting to complicated debates about curricula, teachers unions and budgets, the same economic analysis Smith and Hume used to understand the relationship between church and state can be used to understand the relationship between school and state. State support for education results in a less educated populace.