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University Funding Reform, Competition, and Teaching Quality

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This paper explores the impact of university funding reform on teaching-quality competition. It shows that a graduate tax with differentiated, but state-regulated fees maximises the higher-education surplus, whereas student grants as well as pure and income-contingent loans do not. Fee autonomy for universities leads to results inferior to properly state-controlled fees and can make the majority of students even worse off than a central student assignment system with very poor teaching incentives.

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  • Alexander Kemnitz, 2007. "University Funding Reform, Competition, and Teaching Quality," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 163(2), pages 356-378, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200706)163:2_356:ufrcat_2.0.tx_2-4
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    1. Gabrielle Demange & Robert Fenge, 2010. "Competition in the quality of higher education: the impact of students' mobility," Working Papers halshs-00564912, HAL.
    2. Alexander Haupt & Tim Krieger & Thomas Lange, 2011. "Competition for the International Pool of Talent: Education Policy and Student Mobility," Working Papers CIE 35, Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics.
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    JEL classification:

    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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