Education return and financing : donated affluence as consequence of tuition free study programs in Germany

  • The paper sheds some light on the education returns in Germany in the post war period. After describing higher education in Germany the current stand of higher education financing within the single states is presented. In six states tuition fees will be introduced in 2007/08 and discussions are going on in even some more. In the second part of the paper an empirical analysis is done using longitudinal data from the German social pension system. The analysis over the whole lifecycle renders results which proof that the higher education advantages are quite remarkable and might be a justification for more intensified financing by tuition fees. But all this has to be embedded into an encompassing strategy of tax and social policy, especially to prevent a strengthened process of social selection, which would be counterproductive for an increased and highly qualified human capital in Germany.

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Author:Hans-Georg Petersen, Markus Kirchner
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-26969
ISBN:1864-1431
Series (Serial Number):Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge / Lehrstuhl für Finanzwissenschaft, ISSN 1864-1431 (Bd. 55)
Document Type:Book
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2008/11/28
Year of Completion:2008
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/11/28
Tag:education return; human capital; income contingent loans; lifetime income; tertiary education; tuition fees; vocational education
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
JEL Classification:D Microeconomics / D1 Household Behavior and Family Economics
D Microeconomics / D1 Household Behavior and Family Economics / D14 Personal Finance
H Public Economics / H8 Miscellaneous Issues / H81 Governmental Loans, Loan Guarantees, Credits, and Grants
I Health, Education, and Welfare / I2 Education and Research Insititutions / I21 Analysis of Education
I Health, Education, and Welfare / I2 Education and Research Insititutions / I22 Educational Finance
I Health, Education, and Welfare / I2 Education and Research Insititutions / I28 Government Policy
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J1 Demographic Economics / J13 Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J2 Demand and Supply of Labor / J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J2 Demand and Supply of Labor / J26 Retirement; Retirement Policies
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:Lecture hold at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, 9 October 2007
For a print copy please contact Mrs. Gericke (dgericke@uni-potsdam.de). Originally published at http://lsfiwi.wiso.uni-potsdam.de/publikationen/diskuss/index-diskuss.html
RVK-Classification: QL 000 , QL 200