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Universidad Pública, Abierta y Gratuita: Análisis de factores cruciales para la evaluación de esta política pública

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  • Pablo D. López Zadicoff

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The main argument supporting the policy of public, gratuitous and universal university is the one of equalization of opportunities. Nevertheless, the debate usually omits two crucial issues: the sequential characteristic of the educative process, and the opportunity cost of its financing. This paper develops a theoretical model that acknowledges these factors, concluding that public university can be a sub-optimal redistributive policy. Moreover it presents an empirical analysis, based on probit-type regressions, which show that the probability of benefiting from public university increases significantly with the agents’ income.

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Paper provided by Universidad del CEMA in its series CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. with number 333.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cem:doctra:333

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