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Did tuition fees in Germany constrain students’ budgets? New evidence from a natural experiment

Stephan Thomsen () and Friederike von Haaren-Giebel ()
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Friederike von Haaren-Giebel: NIW Hannover

IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2016, vol. 5, issue 1, 1-25

Abstract: Abstract Less than a decade ago, several German states introduced tuition fees for university education. Despite their comparatively low level of about €500 per semester, fees were perceived by the public to increase social injustice and have been abolished recently. Whereas other studies have shown no effect on enrollment, we analyze the effects on students’ budgets. To identify causal effects, we exploited the natural experiment established by the introduction of fees. Tuition fees decrease total expenditure moderately by about 4 %. With regard to financial resources, students are more likely to receive support from parents or take out a loan. JEL codes: I22, I28, H75

Keywords: Tuition fees; Student spending; Natural experiment; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1186/s40174-016-0054-5

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