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Essays on the Market for Higher Education and Public Policies

Svoboda, Richard (2017) Essays on the Market for Higher Education and Public Policies. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My dissertation analyzes the government provision of education. The first chapter evaluates how state performance-based funding affects student outcomes and other intermediate measures. I find significant increases to completion rates, retention rates and student's future income attributed to these programs. Further, the improvements increase with the amount of state funding allocated based on college performance. My second chapter uses a quantitative equilibrium model of the market for higher education to evaluate the impact of performance-based federal financial aid. The model reveals that basing a rating system entirely on one measure may lead to minor increases in the incentivized area and considerable decreases in other areas. My final chapter develops a majority voting model with both K-12 and post-secondary education to gain insight into how the education budget is allocated in the presence of heterogeneous agents with conflicting preferences. The model predicts an inverted U-shape relationship between income inequality and the education fund allocation within a state. This prediction is confirmed by the data.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Svoboda, Richardrts33@pitt.edurts33
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCoen-Pirani,
Committee MemberRipoll,
Committee MemberBerkowitz,
Committee MemberEpple,
Date: 28 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 May 2017
Approval Date: 28 September 2017
Submission Date: 24 May 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 173
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Economics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Economics, Higher Education, Education Finance, Incentivized Compensation
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 00:51
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 00:51

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