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Assessing the redistributive impact of higher education tuition fees reforms: the case of Quebec

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  • Paul Makdissi
  • Myra Yazbeck

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In this article, we analyse the redistributive impact of a recent reform of tuition fees in Quebec. We adapt Duclos et al.'s (2005) methodology to a generalized Lorenz framework. Many policy analysts argued that maintaining low higher education tuition fees is regressive. We take a look at the empirical validity of this argument using data from Statistics Canada's Survey of Labor and Income Dynamics. We show the importance of using data to validate this argument. The results obtained allow for the conclusion that this redistributive argument is empirically not verified for the province of Quebec.

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  • Paul Makdissi & Myra Yazbeck, 2011. "Assessing the redistributive impact of higher education tuition fees reforms: the case of Quebec," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(2), pages 143-147.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:2:p:143-147
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850903508325
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    1. Isabell Koske & Jean-Marc Fournier & Isabelle Wanner, 2012. "Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are They Compatible? Part 2. The Distribution of Labour Income," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 925, OECD Publishing.

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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