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An equity perspective on access to, enrolment in and finance of tertiary education

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  • Rita Asplund
  • Oussama Ben Adbelkarim
  • Ali Skalli

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Failure to achieve equitable access to university studies has contributed to turning the focus to the funding of higher education systems. This paper aims to review critically the literature assessing the effectiveness of existing financing schemes and changes in them as a means for reducing the prevalent under-representation of students from a socially disadvantaged background. While the theoretical literature fails to be consensual with respect to the equity effects of student funding schemes, empirical studies remain scarce and inconclusive due to the lack of harmonized data that comprehensively describe the social make-up of higher education attendees. For reasons of space, references are kept at a minimum but can be found elsewhere.1

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  • Rita Asplund & Oussama Ben Adbelkarim & Ali Skalli, 2008. "An equity perspective on access to, enrolment in and finance of tertiary education," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(3), pages 261-274.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:16:y:2008:i:3:p:261-274
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290802338102
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    1. Herbst, Mikolaj & Rok, Jakub, 2011. "Equity in an educational boom: Lessons from the expansion and marketization of tertiary schooling in Poland," MPRA Paper 33795, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Mikaela Backman & Lina Bjerke, 2014. "Returns to higher education: a regional perspective," Chapters,in: Knowledge, Innovation and Space, chapter 10, pages 237-264 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Rita Asplund & Oussama Ben Adbelkarim & Ali Skalli, 2008. "An equity perspective on access to, enrolment in and finance of tertiary education," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(3), pages 261-274.
    4. Jin Chen & Don Hossler, 2017. "The Effects of Financial Aid on College Success of Two-Year Beginning Nontraditional Students," Research in Higher Education, Springer;Association for Institutional Research, vol. 58(1), pages 40-76, February.
    5. Denny, Kevin, 2014. "The effect of abolishing university tuition costs: Evidence from Ireland," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 26-33.

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    equity; finance; access; enrolment; tertiary education;

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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