Economics of Higher Education: Background, Concepts, and Applications

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Springer Netherlands, Mar 29, 2016 - Education - 390 pages
This book examines the many ways in which economic concepts, theories and models can be used to examine issues in higher education. The topics explored in the book include how students make college-going decisions, the payoffs to students and society from going to college, markets for higher education services, demand and supply in markets for higher education, why and how state and federal governments intervene in higher education markets, college and university revenues and expenditures, how institutions use net-pricing strategies and non-price product-differentiation strategies to pursue their goals and to compete in higher education markets, as well as issues related to faculty labor markets. The book is written for both economists and non-economists who study higher education issues and provides readers with background information and thorough explanations and illustrations of key economic concepts. In addition to reviewing the contributions economists have made to the study of higher education, it also examines recent research in each of the major topical areas. The book is policy-focused and each chapter analyses how contemporary higher education policies affect the behaviour of students, faculty and/or institutions of higher education.

"Toutkoushian and Paulsen attempted a daunting task: to write a book on the economics of higher education for non-economists that is also useful to economists. A book that could be used for reference and as a textbook for higher education classes in economics, finance, and policy. They accomplish this tough balancing act with stunning success in a large volume that will serve as the go-to place for anyone interested in the history and current thinking on the economics of higher education.”

William E. Becker, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Economics, Indiana University

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Robert K. Toutkoushian is a professor in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He has a PhD in economics from Indiana University (Bloomington), where he specialized in econometrics and finance. Prior to his faculty appointment at Georgia, he worked as a research associate at the University of Minnesota, as executive director of policy analysis for the University System of New Hampshire, and as a faculty member in the educational leadership program at Indiana University. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Toutkoushian serves as the editor of the journal Research in Higher Education, and has served as editor of New Directions for Institutional Research and associate editor of the economics and finance section of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. He has published more than fifty studies in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on a wide range of topics on the economics of higher education, including faculty compensation, higher education costs, student demand for higher education, performance indicators, decentralized budgeting, institutional productivity, and state funding for higher education. Michael B. Paulsen is a professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The University of Iowa. He has a PhD in higher education and economics from The University of Iowa and an MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), where he specialized in labor economics, public sector economics, and economics of education. Prior to his faculty appointment at The University of Iowa, he was a professor of higher education at the Universities of Illinois, Alabama, and New Orleans; and a professor of economics at St. Ambrose University. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Paulsen serves as the Series Editor of the scholarly book series Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research; a consulting editor for Research in Higher Education and the ASHE Higher Education Reports. He has over sixty publications—books, journal articles, book chapters—including his book The Finance of Higher Education. His publications in economics of higher education have focused on college choice, tuition inflation, effects of prices/subsidies on student persistence, higher education costs, growth in workforce productivity, demand for higher education, and effects of financial conditions on curricular change.

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