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Student Loans and the Allocation of Graduate Jobs

  • Alessandro Cigno

    (University of Florence, Italy; CESifo, Germany; CHILD, Italy)

  • Annalisa Luporini

    (University of Florence, Italy; CESifo, Germany; CHILD, Italy)

In an economy where graduate jobs are allocated by tournament, and some of the potential participants cannot borrow against their expected future earnings, the government can increase efficiency and ex ante equity by redistributing wealth or, if that is not possible, by borrowing wholesale and lending to potential participants. Both policies replace some of the less able rich with some of the more able poor and bring education investments closer to their first-best levels.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 38_13.

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