Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

The public role in private post-secondary education : a review of issues and options


Author Info

  • Blomqvist, Ake
  • Jimenez, Emmanuel


This paper considers whether private educational institutions can play an expanded role in helping attain society's objective with respect to the efficiency and equity of the system of post-secondary education. The authors focus on how public subsidies can be used to meet the social objectives of private education. In recent years there hasbeen increasing evidence of a growing problem of graduate unemployment. Higher education has also been perceived as a socially unproductive but privately profitable screening device. The paper argues that public subsidies should be targeted toward disciplines that have high social returns. If subsidies are to be used to make private higher education more accessible to the poor, a strong case can be made for scholarships and/or loan guarantees. The paper also discusses ways to promote quality among private institutions. The most efficient way to make schools better is to design an incentive system that rewards institutions on the basis of how their graduates perform -- although this might favor students from high-income families. In addition, inappropriate labor market legislation and government behavior as an employer may have contributed to problems of graduate unemployment, credentialism, and a swollen bureaucracy in some countries.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 240.

as in new window
Date of creation: 31 Aug 1989
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:240

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433
Phone: (202) 477-1234
Web page:
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: Teaching and Learning; Gender and Education; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Curriculum&Instruction; Environmental Economics&Policies;


No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.


Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Harry Anthony Patrinos & Felipe Barrera-Osorio & Juliana Guaqueta, 2009. "The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2612, October.


This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:240. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Roula I. Yazigi).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.