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Estimating the Value of Higher Education Financial Aid: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Christian Belzil (), Arnaud Maurel () and Modibo Sidibé

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Abstract: Using data from a Canadian field experiment on the financial barriers to higher education, we estimate the distribution of the value of financial aid for prospective students. We find that a considerable share of prospective students perceive significant credit constraints. Most of the individuals are willing to pay a sizable interest premium above the prevailing market rate for the option to take up a loan, with a median interest rate wedge equal to 6.8 percentage points for a $1,000 loan. The willingness-to-pay for financial aid is highly heterogeneous across students, with preferences and in particular discount factors playing a key role in accounting for the variation.

Keywords: Higher Education; Financing; Time and Risk Preferences; Field Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-06-18
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