Article: Mark R. Reiff, “How to pay for public education?” (Theory and Research in Education)

A new article was recently published by the journal Theory and Research in Education:

Mark R. Reiff, “How to pay for public education?(TRE, 2014, Vol. XX(X), pages 1-49).

Abstract: For years now, public education, and especially public higher education, has been under attack. Funding has been drastically reduced, fees increased, and the seemingly irresistible political force of ever-tightening austerity budgets threatens to cut it even more. But I am not going to take the standard line that government financial support for public higher education should be increased. I view that battle as already lost. What I am going to propose is that we stop arguing about the allocation or reallocation of ever more scarce public resources and think of another way to fund public higher education. It is time for a new approach, one that satisfies the left’s claim that higher education should be affordable for all, yet one that does not involve increasing the expenditure of public funds or committing the government to entitlement programs that it cannot now or at least cannot long afford. What we need is a new proposal that is acceptable to both sides if we are to bring public education into the twenty-first century. And this is what this article is devoted to providing.

Keywords: Education securities, equity interests in human capital, graduate tax, higher education finance, income-contingent loans, risk pooling, risk sharing, securitization, student loans.

You can also have a look on a short op-ed piece based on the ideas set forth in full in the paper that appeared recently in The Guardian.

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