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EC390 – Advanced Topics in Economics: Economics of Higher Education

The rising cost of college threatens to put higher education beyond the reach of many Americans, while at the same time the market demand for highly educated people is growing.


College Research Professor Kevin Rask email
Professor Jill Tiefenthaler email

The Economics of Higher Education is an advanced economics course. Students will apply economic theory and data analysis to critical issues in higher education today: prestige, admissions, financial aid, access, student and faculty quality, alumni giving and endowments. The goals of this seminar are to:

  1. provide you with an overview of where the literature stands on important issues in higher education,
  2. develop your skills as empirical economists, and
  3. further your research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.

Prerequisite: EC207, MA117