Monday, May 3, 2010

Abtract and Bibliography


This is a piece working through the numbers and prices in higher education. From an economic frame, this paper explores the opportunity cost of choosing a public school versus a private, the subsidy that schools provide, and the return on investment the exists in any college decision. This paper faces the criticisms of higher tuition prices for private colleges, and explains where the numbers come from, helping to shed light on what is usually overlooked by the public. There is no way to say that private schools are the clear choice for everyone, but looking at all the facts, its seems to be the more beneficial choice economically.


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