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The Enrollment Effect of Secondary School Fees in Post-War Germany

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  • Riphahn, Regina T.

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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This study utilizes the heterogeneity of the fee abolition for West German secondary schools to identify its effect on enrollment and to obtain an estimate of the price elasticity of demand for education. The analysis is based on administrative school enrollment statistics as well as on representative individual-level data from three annual surveys of the German Mikrozensus. Estimates suggest that enrollment in Advanced Schools increased by about six percent due to the fee abolition, where the results are sensitive to the specification choice. The positive enrollment effect of fee abolition for women exceeds that for men. A fifty percent reduction in fees is associated with an overall change in enrollment rates by 3 percent, where the elasticity of the demand for females' education again exceeds that for males'.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1295.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Publication status: published as 'Effect of Secondary School Fees on Educational Attainment' in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (1), 147 - 176
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1295

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  1. Stephen Machin & Patrick A. Puhani, 2005. "Special Issue on the Economics of Education - Policies and Empirical Evidence: Editorial," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 6(3), pages 259-267, 08.

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