The Effect of Tuition Fees on University Applications: Evidence from the UK

27 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2014

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Filipa Sa

King's College London; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This article exploits variation in university tuition fees over time and across countries in the UK to examine the effect of fees on applications to higher education. It focuses on two policy changes: the removal of upfront tuition fees in Scotland in 2001 and the increase in fees in England in 2012. The findings suggest that the 2001 reform increased applications by 24.4%, while the 2012 reform reduced applications by 30.3%. The 2012 reform had a larger negative effect for applicants aged 20 and over and for courses with lower expected earnings after graduation.

Keywords: tuition fees, university applications

JEL Classification: I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Sa, Filipa G., The Effect of Tuition Fees on University Applications: Evidence from the UK. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8364. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2481553

Filipa G. Sa (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NN
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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