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The effects of higher education funding reforms on the lifetime incomes of graduates

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  • Lorraine Dearden
  • Emla Fitzsimons
  • Alissa Goodman
  • Greg Kaplan

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This paper undertakes a quantitative analysis of substantial reforms to the system of higher education (HE) finance first announced in 2004 and then revised again in July 2007. The reforms introduced deferred fees for HE, payable by graduates through the tax system in the form of income-contingent repayments on loans subsidised by the government. Lifetime earnings that have been simulated by the authors using innovative methods, are used to analyse the likely distributional consequences of the reforms for graduates. It is shown that graduates with low lifetime earnings will pay less for their HE than graduates higher up the lifetime earnings distribution compared to the system operating before the reforms. Taxpayers will bear substantial costs due to the interest rate and debt write-off subsidies. The extent to which the reforms are likely to shift the balance of funding for HE between the public and private sector is also analysed, as well as the likely distributional consequences of a number of variations to the system such as removing the interest subsidy from the loans.

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  • Lorraine Dearden & Emla Fitzsimons & Alissa Goodman & Greg Kaplan, 2008. "The effects of higher education funding reforms on the lifetime incomes of graduates," CEE Discussion Papers 0078, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
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    1. 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.

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    Higher education; funding; fees; earnings; student loans;

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