Testing the limits of the price elasticity of potential students at colleges and universities: has the increased direct cost to the student begun to drive down higher education enrolment?

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Author: Fincher, Mark; Katsinas, Stephen G.


The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between higher education enrolment rates and employment rates in the US. Higher education enrolment has long been known to rise and fall counter to the current economic situation. This counter-cyclical enrolment response represents an economic principle where a price-elastic consumer is more likely [to] make a consumption choice when another valuable use of resources is not available. Higher unemployment has historically led to increased enrolment as fewer prospective students have had attractive employment opportunities as an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Economics; Finance; Employment; Outcomes

Keywords: Trend; Enrolment; Cost; Fees; Decision making; Unemployment; Economic conditions

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 39

Journal number: 1

Journal date: February 2017

Pages: pp. 31-39

ISSN: 1360-080X, 1469-9508 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Mark Fincher and Stephen Katsinas

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 127.282

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