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(The Evolution of) Post-Secondary Education: A Computational Model and Experiments

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  • Sergey Slobodyan
  • Andreas Ortmann

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We propose a computational model to study (the evolution of) post--secondary education. "Consumers" who differ in quality shop around for desirable colleges or universities that also differ in quality. We study the dynamics and asymptotics for three nested variants of this matching model: the first variant replicates the Vriend (1995) model, the second stratifies both firms and consumers by quality, while the third variant of our model additionally equips some firms with economies of scale. The third variant of our model is motivated by the entry of for--profit providers into low--quality segments of post--secondary education in the USA and empirical evidence that, while traditional nonprofit or state--supported providers of higher education do not have significant economies of scale, the new breed of for--profit providers seems to capture economies in core functions such as advertising, informational infrastructure, and regulatory compliance. Our computational results suggest that this new breed of providers is likely to continue to move up the quality ladder. Our model also lends itself to the study of such issues as the consequences of opportunistic behavior of firms (admittance of unqualified students for fiscal reasons). Our computational results suggest that opportunism is a poor long--run strategy

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 with number 318.

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Keywords: Postsecondary educ ation; computational model; computational experiments; game theory; moral hazard;

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  1. Andreas Ortmann & Sergey Slobodyan & Samuel S. Nordberg, 2003. "(The Evolution of) Post-Secondary Education: A Computational Model and Experiments," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp208, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
  2. Bergh, Andreas & Fink, Günther, 2005. "Escaping Mass Education – Why Harvard Pays," Working Papers 2005:2, Lund University, Department of Economics.

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