ERIC Number: EJ1069139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Tuition Fees and the Time to Graduation: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Bruckmeier, Kerstin; Fischer, Georg-Benedikt; Wigger, Berthold U.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v37 n4 p459-471 2015
We used the recent introduction of general tuition fees at public universities in several of the German federal states as a natural experiment to identify whether tuition fees reduce the time to graduation and the extent to which they do so. We employed a difference-in-differences approach with the states that introduced fees as the treatment group and the states that remained fee-free as the control group. Our results indicate that the introduction of tuition fees led to a significant decrease in the time to graduation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tuition, Public Colleges, Time to Degree, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Statistical Analysis, College Students, Regression (Statistics), Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany