Do tuition fees affect enrollment behavior? Evidence from a ‘natural experiment’ in Germany
AbstractThis paper uses the introduction of tuition fees in seven of the sixteen German states in 2007 as a natural experiment to identify the effects of tuition prices on enrollment probabilities. Based on information on enrollment decisions of the entire population of high-school graduates between 2002 and 2008, I find a negative effect of tuition fees on enrollment behavior. The effect is larger than in existing studies for European countries, but of a similar magnitude as effects identified with U.S. data. A potential spill-over effect of the policy intervention to the comparison group is accounted for by using the estimation results to calibrate a structural model of the enrollment decision.
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Volume (Year): 31 (2012)
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Tuition fees; Demand for higher education; Enrollment; Treatment effect;
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