On the Role of Competition in Higher Education - Uses and Abuses of the Economic Metaphor

Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), Vol. 52, July 2000

Posted: 23 Oct 2002

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Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Bruno Schönfelder

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Abstract

We argue that competition in higher education improves efficiency only if a number of restrictive conditions are fulfilled. We expose their restrictiveness, and we argue that such conditions are unlikely to be fulfilled in Germany or elsewhere in mainland Europe. We believe that claims that German educational policies are moving towards an efficiency-enhancing model of competition cannot be taken seriously.

Suggested Citation

Franck, Egon P. and Schönfelder, Bruno, On the Role of Competition in Higher Education - Uses and Abuses of the Economic Metaphor. Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), Vol. 52, July 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=310346

Egon P. Franck (Contact Author)

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Bruno Schönfelder

TU Bergakademie Freiberg ( email )

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Freiberg, 09599
Germany

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