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Arts vs engineering: Choosing consumption of and investment in education

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  • Romano, Richard E.
  • Tampieri, Alessandro

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We develop a model in which students choose their college coursework based on both investment and consumption incentives. These education decisions are socially inefficient. This result is driven by the fact that students do not consider an externality in the working environment of acquiring education for investment purposes. Regulated tuition fees have more potential to induce socially optimal outcomes than regulating levels of education given information constraints. The model can help explain several empirical regularities in the education literature.

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  • Romano, Richard E. & Tampieri, Alessandro, 2016. "Arts vs engineering: Choosing consumption of and investment in education," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(3), pages 493-510.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reecon:v:70:y:2016:i:3:p:493-510
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rie.2016.05.003
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