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An equity perspective on access to, enrolment in and finance of tertiary education

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  • Rita Asplund
  • Oussama Ben Adbelkarim
  • Ali Skalli

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Failure to achieve equitable access to university studies has contributed to turning the focus to the funding of higher education systems. This paper aims to review critically the literature assessing the effectiveness of existing financing schemes and changes in them as a means for reducing the prevalent under-representation of students from a socially disadvantaged background. While the theoretical literature fails to be consensual with respect to the equity effects of student funding schemes, empirical studies remain scarce and inconclusive due to the lack of harmonized data that comprehensively describe the social make-up of higher education attendees. For reasons of space, references are kept at a minimum but can be found elsewhere.1

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 261-274

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Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:16:y:2008:i:3:p:261-274

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Keywords: equity; finance; access; enrolment; tertiary education;

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  1. Denny, Kevin, 2014. "The effect of abolishing university tuition costs: Evidence from Ireland," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 26-33.
  2. Backman, Mikaela & Bjerke, Lina, 2009. "Returns to Higher Education - a regional perspective," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 171, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  3. Herbst, Mikolaj & Rok, Jakub, 2011. "Equity in an educational boom: Lessons from the expansion and marketization of tertiary schooling in Poland," MPRA Paper 33795, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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