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Öffentliche versus private Finanzierung der Hochschulbildung: Effizienz- und Verteilungsaspekte

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  • Frank Kupferschmidt
  • Berthold U. Wigger

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The aim of the article is twofold. At first, we consider efficiency oriented aspects of public versus private higher education financing. We briefly summarize the market failure debate. We analyse the interplay between uncertainty of the returns of education, individual educational choice and higher education financing. Subsequently, we discuss higher education financing in the presence of distortive taxation and asymmetric information. Then, we consider equity aspects of higher education financing. We review the vast literature providing empirical evidence on the distributional effects and identify possible caveats when it comes to apply the results to the policy debate. We conclude that neither efficiency nor equity arguments provide a convincing rationale for a comprehensive role of the public in higher education financing. We argue in favour of a success-dependent participation of students in the costs of higher education. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2006

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Volume (Year): 7 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 285-307

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  1. Alexander Kemnitz, 2010. "Educational Federalism and the Quality Effects of Tuition Fees," CESifo Working Paper Series 3193, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Sarah Borgloh & Frank Kupferschmidt & Berthold U. Wigger, 2008. "Verteilungseffekte der öffentlichen Finanzierung der Hochschulbildung in Deutschland: Eine Längsschnittbetrachtung auf der Basis des Sozioökonomischen Panels," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 228(1), pages 25-48, February.
  3. Eckhard Janeba & Alexander Kemnitz & Nick Ehrhart, 2007. "Studiengebühren in Deutschland: Drei Thesen und ihr empirischer Gehalt," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(2), pages 184-205, 03.
  4. Benedikt Langner, 2007. "Externe Effekte der Bildung: Mythos oder Rechtfertigung für öffentliche Bildungsfinanzierung?," Otto-Wolff-Institut Discussion Paper Series 02/2007, Otto-Wolff-Institut für Wirtschaftsordnung, Köln, Deutschland.

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