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For Whom the Pell Tolls: Market Power, Tuition Discrimination, and the Bennett Hypothesis


Larry D. Singell Jr.


University of Oregon - Department of Economics

Joe A. Stone


University of Oregon - Department of Economics

April 2003

University of Oregon Economics Working Paper No. 2003-12

Abstract:     
Are federal Pell grants "appropriated" by universities through increases in tuition - consistent with what is known as the Bennett hypothesis? Based on a panel of 71 universities from 1983 to 1996, we find little evidence of the Bennett hypothesis among either public or lower-ranked private universities. For top-ranked private universities, though, increases in Pell grants appear to be more than matched by increases in net tuition. The behavior most consistent with this result is price discrimination that is not purely redistributive from wealthier to needier students.

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Date posted: October 18, 2003  

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Singell, Larry D. and Stone, Joe A., For Whom the Pell Tolls: Market Power, Tuition Discrimination, and the Bennett Hypothesis (April 2003). University of Oregon Economics Working Paper No. 2003-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=436507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.436507

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Larry D. Singell Jr. (Contact Author)
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
541-346-4672 (Phone)
Joe A. Stone
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
114 Friendly Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
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