The Financial Capacity of German University Graduates to Repay Student Loans

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    The need for government intervention in higher education may be justified by an underinvestment in higher education due to a capital market failure (Friedman, 1962; Chapman, 2006). Specifically, higher education is costly but banks are unwilling to offer loans to students in the absence of a guarantor because individual private returns to education are uncertain. From an efficiency perspective, there would be efficiency losses without government intervention because talented but financially disadvantaged prospective students would be excluded. From an equity perspective, there would be distributional inequities because people would not have equal access to educational opportunities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Issues in Microeconomics
    Editors J E Stiglitz and M Guzman
    Place of PublicationNew York, USA
    ISBN (Print)9781137529701
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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