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Financing Higher Education: answers from the UK

Nicholas Barr|, Iain Crawford
Routledge (12 January 2005)

This book tells the story of the UK higher education debate, illustrating a head-on collision between the economic imperatives of student loans and regulated market forces and the political imperative of 'free' higher education. It also tells the story of the partnership of an economist and a political professional. 

The first part of the book contains selected writing from the late 1980s about two key elements in the puzzle: the proper design of student loans (writing which was picked up and promptly implemented in other countries), and the role of regulated market forces, an area which remains a political minefield in most countries. The book traces those twin elements through the 1990s and into the 2000s, culminating in important - and perhaps path-breaking - legislation in 2004. It offers lessons both about policy design and about the politics of reform. 

  • Nicholas Barr is professor of public economics at LSE and the author of books and articles, including The Economics of the Welfare State
  • Iain Crawford was a former Parliamentary Candidate and former head of public relations at LSE. 

Book launch: Friday 28 January 

Financing Higher Education: answers from the UK is launched at LSE on Friday 28 January, 1-3pm in the Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building. More information and to read a press release on this publication, click here|


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Press cuttings

P 31. The 'study now, pay later' plan (27 May 05)
Review of Financing Higher Education: answers from the UK by Nicholas Barr and Iain Crawford, LSE. 

£10k? That'll do nicely (1 Feb 05)
Looking at higher education bursaries. Nicholas Barr, LSE, and architect of the fees and loans scheme, comments on the lack of spin, or even straight explanation, from the Department for Education and Skills. Reference to Financing Higher Education - Answers From the UK, published on Friday, by Barr and Iain Crawford.