Equity and Efficiency Considerations of Public Higher Education

  • Salvatore Barbaro

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 557)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. The Distributional Impact of Subsidies to Higher Education in the Cross-Sectional Perspective

  3. The Distributional Impact of Subsidies to Higher Education in the Long Run

  4. The Role of Progressive Taxation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 91-130

About this book


It has become part of the conventional wisdom in the economics of education that subsidies to higher education have a regressive distributional effect. Given that relatively more children from wealthier families enroll in higher education, many economist assume that these subsidies to higher education have an unwanted distributional impact. This volume presents new empirical evidence for the cross-sectional point of view and provides an analytical framework for the longitudinal perspective. The present volume also analyzes the equity and efficiency effects of widely-discussed funding reforms and proposes a voluntary graduate tax.


Higher-Education Funding Public Economics Tax Progression calculus economics of education education income distribution taxation

Authors and affiliations

  • Salvatore Barbaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics (FB03)Johannes-Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-26197-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28515-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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