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An Economic Analysis of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme of the Wran Report


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  • Chapman, B.J.

    (Australian National University, Canberra)


The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) of the Wran Report is a policy proposal motivated essentially by concerns related to equity and access. As such, it is a recommendation that gives relatively little weight to questions of economic efficiency and resource reallocation in higher education. This can be understood, in part, through reference to the fundamental dilemma inherent in finding a student charge system which encourages a significant expansion in the number of places. Ironically, the most strident criticisms of the Wran Report have come from those who believe that adoption of HECS will significantly decrease participation in higher education of the least advantaged. It is argued that most of these concerns have little basis.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 18 (1988)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 171-188

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:18:y:1988:i:2:p:171-188

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  1. Sholeh A Maani, 2002. "Education and Maori Relative Income Levels over Time: The Mediating Effect of Occupation, Industry, Hours of Work and Locality," Treasury Working Paper Series 02/17, New Zealand Treasury.
  2. Nicholas Barr, 1998. "Higher education in Australia and Britain : what lessons?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 285, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.


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