Student loans and student achievement

Start date: 01 januari 2009

Adam Booij



short term/direct policy relevant


Research question: Would a shift towards a system of student financing in the Netherlands that relies more on loans and less on grants reduce student performance? Method: Using an instrumental variables strategy that exploits variation in parental contributions conditional on parental income and the students exam grades we can identify an upper bound of the effect of a decrease in students' budget. This means we can say, for the given pool of students, what the maximum decrease (or minimal increase, but this seems unlikely) in student performance is if they face an exogenous drop in their budget of € 100. Status: Waiting for the latest wave of the Studentenmonito. First results should be available in May 2010.

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