Title
(Un)desirable effects of output funding for Flemish universities (Un)desirable effects of output funding for Flemish universities
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp :UA, [*]
Subject
Sociology
Source (series)
CSB working paper ; 2010:5
Volume/pages
25 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Governments introducing output parameters in the funding rule of universities believe that it will induce universities to raise their teaching efforts while educational standards will remain unaffected. We show that this presupposes positive interaction effects between students abilities, students efforts and universities teaching efforts within the educational production function. Empirical data on success rates of Flemish university students reveal a strong correlation between students probabilities of success and socioeconomic background. Moreover, we find a strong social clustering within universities. Hence, combining theory and empirics we conclude that output funding for Flemish universities would lead to socially undesirable effects. Universities attracting more students with a vulnerable socioeconomic background will not be rewarded for raising their teaching effort in the same way as other universities.
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