Do Tuition Fees Affect Enrollment Behavior? Evidence from a 'Natural Experiment' in Germany
German Council of Economic Experts
September 27, 2009
I use the introduction of tuition fees in seven out of the sixteen German states in 2007 as a natural experiment to identify the effects of tuition fees on enrollment probabilities of German high-school graduates. Based on information on enrollment decisions for the entire population of high-school graduates between 2002 and 2007 I find a small but significant effect of tuition fees on enrollment behavior.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Tuition fees, Demand for higher education
JEL Classification: I22, I28, J24
Date posted: October 28, 2009
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