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Gibt es eine Umverteilung von den Armen zu den Reichen durch die öffentliche Hochschulfinanzierung? Tragen Akademiker die Kosten ihres Studiums?

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For more than 150 years, many economists have assumed public subsidies on higher education to have a regressive distributional effect. The German debate on this issue is kept alive by many empirical studies. Most of them confirm the thesis of a \"perverse distribution of income\" (Milton Friedman). Nevertheless, a methodological analysis of these studies unveils some problems. As the following paper tries to show, the empirical studies on the distributional effect of public higher education funding are not able to confirm the prima-facia plausibility of the thesis mentioned above. Therefore, an alternative approach to ascertaining the incidence in the long run of public subsidies on higher education seems to be necessary.

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  • Salvatore Barbaro, 2001. "Gibt es eine Umverteilung von den Armen zu den Reichen durch die öffentliche Hochschulfinanzierung? Tragen Akademiker die Kosten ihres Studiums?," Departmental Discussion Papers 105, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
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    Cited by:

    1. Corinna Ahlfeld, 2009. "The scapegoat of heterogeneity - How fragmentation influences political decisionmaking," Departmental Discussion Papers 143, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
    2. Renate Ohr, 2009. "European Monetary Union at Ten: Had the German Maastricht Critics Been Wrong?," Departmental Discussion Papers 141, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    higher education funding; tax incidence; redistribution of income;

    JEL classification:

    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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