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Public Funding and Enrolment into Higher Education in Europe

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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    (University of Linz)

  • Wirz, Aniela

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    (University of Zurich)

In this paper we provide evidence for the impact of public funding on enrolment of students in college. We use a panel for European countries and apply instrumental variables techniques to find that public funding for schooling – regardless at what level – does increase college enrolment alike with an elasticity of about one. A second issue concerns the impact of tuition fees, which are found to reduce college enrolment.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 503.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp503
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