A Theory of Inefficient College Entry and Excessive Student Debt

34 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2012 Last revised: 15 Dec 2017

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Viktar Fedaseyeu

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Vitaliy Strohush

Elon University

Date Written: November 5, 2016


When workers are myopic and the amount of financing provided by the government is sufficiently large, some workers acquire education even if they are better off without it. We show that government-provided loans generate a propagation mechanism that exacerbates inefficient college entry. Further, the extent of this inefficiency depends on the speed at which loans are provided, and not just on their amount. The extent of inefficient college entry also depends on the distribution of myopic workers in the population, and inefficiencies can arise even if not all workers are myopic.

Keywords: Student loans, inefficient college entry, excessive student debt, education

JEL Classification: I22, I26, I28

Suggested Citation

Fedaseyeu, Viktar and Strohush, Vitaliy, A Theory of Inefficient College Entry and Excessive Student Debt (November 5, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2026990

Viktar Fedaseyeu (Contact Author)

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) ( email )

Shanghai-Hongfeng Road
Shanghai 201206
Shanghai 201206

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.ceibs.edu/fviktar

Vitaliy Strohush

Elon University ( email )

Elon, NC 27244
United States

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