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'The' Market for Higher Education: Does It Really Exist?

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  • Becker, William E.

    () (Indiana University)

  • Round, David K.

    () (University of South Australia)

Abstract

Higher education, like any other commodity or service, has been viewed in a variety of economic frameworks. Little of this work, however, appears to have made any effort to define carefully the boundaries of the relevant market for higher education, which is the subject of this particular inquiry. Market definition is an essential preliminary step before any academic or policy investigation can properly be made into the forces that determine the behavior of the buyers and sellers of higher education, those who provide inputs into the education process, or those who fund or otherwise subsidize it. The authors spell out the key economic dimensions of a market, and illustrate their relevance for research that seeks to analyze the players and policies in the many distinct domestic and international markets that exist for the inputs and outputs of the higher education sector.

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  • Becker, William E. & Round, David K., 2009. "'The' Market for Higher Education: Does It Really Exist?," IZA Discussion Papers 4092, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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      by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2009-08-20 00:52:00

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    1. Bralind Kiri, 2016. "An Analysis of Mixed Duopolistic Competition in Higher Education Markets," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 11,in: José Manuel Cordero Ferrera & Rosa Simancas Rodríguez (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 11, edition 1, volume 11, chapter 17, pages 337-348 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.

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    Keywords

    competition; efficiencies; market boundaries; markets; higher education; public policy;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise

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