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Tuition fees and the demand for university places


Christine Neill

published: 2006 | Working paper | Research

US research consistently finds that higher tuition fees reduce college enrollments. Canadian studies have not reached the same conclusion. Because higher demand for university places may drive up fees, I estimate demand using an instrumental variables strategy relying on political party in power. While OLS estimates show little effect of fees on enrollments, IV estimates suggest sizeable effects. A C$1000 increase in university tuition fees is estimated to reduce the enrollment rate by around 2 percentage points. Youth whose parents have some post-secondary education but not a university degree appear to be most affected by fee increases.

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