Tuition fees and admission standards: how do public and private universities really compete for students?
AbstractWe study a market where two universities, a public and a private one, compete for students by setting admission standards. Students differ in ability and receive a wage premium for participating in higher education. This wage increases with the quality of the university attended. The private university maximizes profits, the public university maximizes welfare. We show that there is no "same-standard" equilibrium. In a specific example we show that multiple equilibria can exist. In one equilibrium the private university sets a higher admission standard, and in the other equilibrium the public university sets a higher admission standard.
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- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
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- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
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