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Higher Education in Turkey: Subsidizing the Rich or the Poor?

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  • Caner, Asena

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    (TOBB University of Economy and Technology)

  • Okten, Cagla

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    (Bilkent University)

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We investigate how the benefits of publicly financed higher education in Turkey are distributed among students with different socioeconomic backgrounds. We use a unique dataset from a nationally representative sample of university entrance exam takers together with data on government subsidies to public universities. We compare the characteristics of students who succeed in the exam to those who do not and those who enter public universities to those who go to private ones. Our econometric analyses based on a three-stage selection model reveal that students from wealthier and more educated families are more likely to be successful at university entrance. Unlike the findings in other countries, students who enroll in private universities come from higher income and more educated families. However, among those who enter public universities, students from higher income and more educated families are more likely to go to universities that receive larger subsidies from the government.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7011.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Keywords: higher education; public finance of higher education; Turkey; education; government subsidies;

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  1. S. Pelin Akyol & Verónica Frisancho & Kala M. Krishna & Cemile Yavas, 2013. "Preferences, Selection, and Value Added: A Structural Approach Applied to Turkish Exam High Schools," CESifo Working Paper Series 4302, CESifo Group Munich.

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