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Guide to Reform of Higher Education: A European Perspective


Bas Jacobs


Tilburg University, CentER; Netspar; University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Rick Van der Ploeg


University of Oxford

November 2005

CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5327

Abstract:     
Although there are exceptions, most European universities and institutions of higher education find it difficult to compete with the best universities in the Anglo-Saxon world. Despite the Bologna agreement and the ambitions of the Lisbon agenda, European universities are in need of fundamental reforms. We look at structural reforms of higher education and propose more effective use of public subsidies, more efficient modes of financing institutions of higher education, more diversity, competition and transparency, and larger private contributions through income-contingent student loans. In the process we discuss the nature of an institution of higher education, grade inflation, fair competition, private and social returns to education, income-contingent loans, student poverty and transparency. We sum up with seven recommendations for reform of higher education.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 82

Keywords: Higher education, policy reform, central planning, student loans, tuition fees, education subsidies, variety, selection, peer review, grade inflation, input funding, output funding, equity, monopoly, transparency

JEL Classification: H2, H4, I2

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Date posted: January 4, 2006  

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Bas and van der Ploeg, Rick, Guide to Reform of Higher Education: A European Perspective (November 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5327. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=873616

Contact Information

Bas Jacobs
Tilburg University, CentER ( email )
P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
Netspar ( email )
P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) ( email )
Roeterstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.xs4all.nl/~jacobs73
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Frederick Van der Ploeg (Contact Author)
University of Oxford ( email )
Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3BJ
United Kingdom
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