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ERIC Number: EJ1082346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
Do Tax Revolt Provisions Influence Tuition and Fee Levels? Evidence from the States Using Recent Panel Data
Serna, Gabriel R.
Journal of Education Finance, v41 n1 p48-82 Sum 2015
Previous research has shown that Tax Revolt Provisions (TRPs) aimed at limiting state government revenues and/or expenditures, negatively impact public higher education funding. This analysis explores the influence of these same types of policies on average in-state undergraduate tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities. Employing a data set spanning 13 years and using an econometric estimator appropriate for finite samples with time-invariant variables related to unit-effects, the findings indicate that TRPs matter, but not equally. Tax and Expenditure Limitations, regardless of provision type, share no discernible relationship with tuition and fees. Conversely, Supermajority requirements are associated with higher levels of tuition and fees by approximately 5.5% to 6.6%. The findings suggest that as policy-makers and researchers seek out the drivers of rising tuition and fees, it would be prudent to take into consideration both the role played by traditionally considered variables and that played by state fiscal policy as well. [This paper was previously presented at the 2013 National Education Finance Conference, the 2013 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Education Innovation Institute.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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