ERIC Number: ED208731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Economics of Higher Education: Publications in English in Canada, 1971 to 1981.
Literature dealing with the economics of postsecondary education (but generally excluding university research), which was published in Canada or dealt with Canada, and which appeared in English language publications from 1971 to 1981, is reviewed. The following topics are addressed: resource allocation, and particularly returns to investment in higher education; productivity of educational institutions; alternative modes for financing institutions and students, together with the redistributive effects of these; some determinants of demand for places; and rationalization of the supply of places through educational and manpower planning. Resource allocation has been addressed from the cost side alone (without taking into account the value of output) through a wide range of studies, from individual institutions to the national university system. Alternative arrangements for financing higher education have received proportionately more attention than in the United States or the United Kingdom due to the continuing dilemma of federal responsibility for manpower, economic development, and regional equity and the provincial responsibility for education. Much of the current research effort is at the institutional and provincial level, with emphasis on the flow of persons through the system. This includes the development of numerous forecasting models to predict enrollments according to program of faculty, institution, and province. Another recent research innovation has been an analysis of the economic impact of educational institutions on their geographic communities. Much current research activities tends to be descriptive. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Demand, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Enrollment Projections, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Productivity, Resource Allocation, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (June 1981).