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ERIC Number: EJ894703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
Thailand's Student Loans Fund: Interest Rate Subsidies and Repayment Burdens
Chapman, Bruce; Lounkaew, Kiatanantha; Polsiri, Piruna; Sarachitti, Rangsit; Sitthipongpanich, Thitima
Economics of Education Review, v29 n5 p685-694 Oct 2010
Government student loan schemes typically have implicit interest rate subsidies which, while these are a cost to taxpayers, they have the benefit of diminishing repayment burdens for graduates. Our goal is to illustrate the extent of both interest rate subsidies and repayment burdens with respect to Thailand's Student Loans Fund (SLF), using methods pioneered in measurement terms by (Ziderman, 1999) and (Ziderman, 2003). Our critical innovation is to calculate repayment burdens for graduates with widely differing earnings, and we find that these generally are relatively low because the SLF is heavily subsidized. Even so, for graduates with very low income the burdens can be high. Importantly we analyze and illustrate what the repayment streams would be if the SLF was redesigned to have no interest rate subsidies and find that the burdens increase to extremely high levels for the lowest income graduates. The results are considered in the context of the analysis of income contingent loan schemes for Thailand presented in Chapman and Lounkaew (this issue).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand