The Economic Inefficiency of Student Fees and Loans


Kevin Albertson


In this report, published by the Intergenerational Foundation, Kevin argues that the benefits of a young person getting a higher education qualification in England accrue in the ratio 58% to the nation and 42% to the graduate. It follows, for economic efficiency, the costs ought also to be borne in the same ratio rather than (as now in England) the graduate bearing the whole cost.

Given the current level of costs of Higher Education, Kevin concludes the most efficient solution is for the state to pay for tuition fees and the individual pay for other expenses (such as living costs).


Publication link

Albertson, K. (2017) The Economic Inefficiency of Student Fees, London: Intergenerational Foundation. Available at

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