29 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2012
Date Written: March 2012
In this study, the heterogeneity of the fee abolition process in West German secondary schools is used to identify the effect of school fees on educational attainment and to obtain an estimate of the price elasticity of upper secondary education. The analysis is based on representative individual‐level data from three annual surveys of the German Mikrozensus. While coefficients cannot be estimated precisely, the results suggest that, on average, upper secondary school attainment increased by at least 8 percent in response to the fee abolition. The educational attainment of females appears to be more price sensitive than that of males.
Keywords: Tuition, school attainment, demand for education, natural experiment
JEL Classification: I20, H52, H71, C21
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Riphahn, Regina T., Effect of Secondary School Fees on Educational Attainment (March 2012). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 114, Issue 1, pp. 148-176, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2012170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01661.x
By Thomas Dee
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