Subsidizing Enjoyable Education

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1560

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 05-010/1

27 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2005

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Robert Dur

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Amihai Glazer

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

We provide an explanation for why both college tuition and government grants to college students are typically means-tested. The critical idea is that attending college is both an investment good and a consumption good. The consumption benefit from education implies that, when tuition and grants are uniform, the marginal rich student is less smart than some poor people who choose not to attend college, thus reducing the social returns to education and increasing the college's cost of education. Competition in the market for college education results in means-tested tuition. In addition, to maximize the social returns to education government should means-test grants. We thus provide a rationale for means-tested tuition and grants which relies neither on capital market imperfections nor on redistributive objectives.

Keywords: Tuition policy, education subsidies, self-selection

JEL Classification: H52, I2

Suggested Citation

Dur, Robert and Glazer, Amihai, Subsidizing Enjoyable Education (October 2005). ; Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 05-010/1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=651903

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