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Title:Political economics of higher education finance PDF Logo
Authors:Borck, Rainald
Wimbersky, Martin
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2829
Abstract:We study voting over higher education finance in an economy with risk averse households who are heterogeneous in income. We compare four different systems and analyse voters' choices among them: a traditional subsidy scheme, a pure loan scheme, income contingent loans and graduate taxes. Using numerical simulations, we find that majorities for income contingent loans or graduate taxes become more likely as the income distribution gets more equal. We also perform sensitivity analyses with respect to risk aversion and the elasticity of substitution between high skilled and low skilled workers.
Subjects:voting
higher education
financing scheme
JEL:H52
H42
D72
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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