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Bridging the Learning Gap in the Market for Higher Education: E-learning and Public Subside

Adel Ben Youssef, Thomas Le Texier and Ludovic Ragni ()
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Thomas Le Texier: CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - UNIV-RENNES - Université de Rennes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Ludovic Ragni: GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: This article aims at analyzing the adoption patterns which apply on the market for higher education when two types of learning organizations - namely, traditional learning and e-learning organizations - provide educational programs. We focus on the impact of public subsidies to e‐learning providers in order to evaluate the conditions under which the learning gap is bridged. A welfare analysis is introduced to estimate the relevance of such 'pro e‐learning' public policies. Our first results show that public subsidies enable the e‐learning organization to provide quality‐based and pricing strategies that tend to be similar to those of the brick'n mortar organization. Besides, we find that such short‐term policies positively impact on the global level of quality which is provided by both providers. Nevertheless, our welfare analysis underlines contrasted results about the relevance of such short‐term public policies.

Keywords: quality; welfare; adoption patterns; costs; e‐learning; public subsidies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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Published in Economic Analysis (Belgrade), 2011, 3-4 (45), pp.1-11

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