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Short-Term Redistributive Effects of Public Financing of University Education in Quebec


  • Clément Lemelin


Redistributive effects of public financing of university education in Quebec in 1984 are analyzed. Families are grouped by education level of head of family; redistributive effects are assumed to take place within families which are likely to have a child in university during the period of the survey. Benefits are represented by the cost of three forms of public intervention: public subsidies to universities, student aid, and tax expenditure. The total value of public intervention is positively correlated with socio-economic status. The author is unable to reject the hypothesis of regressivity.

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  • Clément Lemelin, 1992. "Short-Term Redistributive Effects of Public Financing of University Education in Quebec," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 18(2), pages 176-188, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:18:y:1992:i:2:p:176-188

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    1. Baril, Robert & Robidoux, Benoît & Lemelin, Clément, 1987. "La demande d’éducation des jeunes québécois," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 63(1), pages 5-25, mars.
    2. Bowman, Mary Jean & Millot, Benoit & Schiefelbein, Ernesto, 1986. "An adult life cycle perspective on public subsidies to higher education in three countries," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 135-145, April.
    3. Blaug, Mark, 1982. "The distributional effects of higher education subsidies," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 209-231, June.
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    2. Frank Kupferschmidt & Berthold U. Wigger, 2006. "Öffentliche versus private Finanzierung der Hochschulbildung: Effizienz- und Verteilungsaspekte," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 7(2), pages 285-307, May.

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