Tuition Fees and University Enrolment: A Meta‐Regression Analysis

40 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2018

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Tomas Havranek

Charles University in Prague; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Zuzana Irsova

Charles University in Prague

Olesia Zeynalova

Czech National Bank (CNB)

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

One of the most frequently examined relationships in education economics is the correlation between tuition fee increases and the demand for higher education. We provide a quantitative synthesis of 443 estimates of this effect reported in 43 studies. While large negative estimates dominate the literature, we show that researchers report positive and insignificant estimates less often than they should. After correcting for this publication bias, we find that the literature is consistent with the mean tuition–enrolment elasticity being close to zero. Nevertheless, we identify substantial heterogeneity among the reported effects: for example, male students and students at private universities display larger elasticities. The results are robust to controlling for model uncertainty, using both Bayesian and frequentist methods of model averaging.

Suggested Citation

Havranek, Tomas and Irsova, Zuzana and Zeynalova, Olesia, Tuition Fees and University Enrolment: A Meta‐Regression Analysis (December 2018). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 80, Issue 6, pp. 1145-1184, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3273547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obes.12240

Tomas Havranek (Contact Author)

Charles University in Prague ( email )

Celetná 13
Praha 1, 116 36
Czech Republic

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Zuzana Irsova

Charles University in Prague ( email )

Celetná 13
Praha 1, 116 36
Czech Republic

Olesia Zeynalova

Czech National Bank (CNB) ( email )

Na Prikope 28
CZ-11503 Praha 1
Czech Republic

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