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Title:Does more generous student aid increase enrolment rates into higher education? Evaluating the German student aid reform of 2001 PDF Logo
Authors:Baumgartner, Hans J.
Steiner, Viktor
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2034
Abstract:Students from low-income families are eligible to student aid under the federal students' financial assistance scheme (BAfoeG) in Germany. We evaluate the effectiveness of a recent reform of student aid that substantially increased the amount received by eligible students to raise enrolment rates into tertiary education. We view this reform as a 'natural experiment' and apply the difference-in-difference methodology using a discrete-time hazard rate model to estimate the causal effect on enrolment rates into higher education. We find that the reform had a small positive but statistically insignificant effect on enrolment rates.
Subjects:educational transitions
educational finance
natural experiment and difference indifference estimation
JEL:H31
I28
I22
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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