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Nicholas Barr

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Relevant research

Barr, N (1993), ‘Alternative Funding Resources for Higher Education’, Economic Journal, Vol. 103, No 418, May 1993, pp. 718-728.

Nicholas Barr and Iain Crawford (1998), ‘The Dearing Report and the Government’s Response: A Critique’, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 1, January - March 1998, pp. 72-84.

Barr, N (2001), The Welfare State as Piggy Bank: Information, risk, uncertainty and the role of the State, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Jane Falkingham, Howard Glennerster and Nicholas Barr (1995), ‘Education Funding, Equity and the Life Cycle’, in Jane Falkingham and John Hills (eds), The Dynamic of Welfare: The Welfare State and the Life Cycle, (Hemel Hempstead: Prentice-Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995), Ch. 8, pp. 150-66. Available from LSE.

Barr, N (1997), ‘Student Loans: Towards a New Public/Private Mix’, Public Money and Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, July-September 1997, pp. 31-40.

Evidence of impact

Increased student support

Student Loans Company (2010), Statistical First Release: Student Support for Higher Education in England, Academic Year 2009/10, SLC SFR 06/2009, 25 November 2010.

Student Loans Company (2012), Statistical First Release Student Support for Higher Education in England, Academic 2012/13 (Provisional), SLC SFR 05/2012.

More students

BIS (2013), Participation rates in higher education: Academic years 2006/2007 – 2011/2012, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, 24 April 2013.

Wider participation

 UCAS (2013), UK Application rates by country, sex, age and background (2013 Cycle, January deadline), 30 January 2013,

Influence on policy

N. Barr (2003), ‘Financing higher education in the UK: The 2003 White Paper’, House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, The Future of Higher Education, Fifth Report of Session 2002-03, Volume II, HC 425-II, London: TSO, pp. Ev 292-309

Letter to Editor of the FT:

House of Commons Library (2013), Student Loan statistics, Standard Note: SN/SG/1079, 3 July 2013,

Impact in Hungary

Berlinger, Edina (2009), ‘An Efficient Student Loan System: Case Study of Hungary’, Higher Education in Europe, Vol. 34, No. 2, July 2009, pp. 257-67. 

Diakhitel (2012), Diakhitel 2012 Annual Report

Impact in EU

European Parliament, MEPs strike deal on Erasmus+ programme,

European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (2011), Feasibility study on student lending, Final report, Ref: EAC/47/2009, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, 2011

Relevant video and audio:

Gearty Grilling with Nick Barr on tuition fees:

Podcast of Nick Barr and money-saving expert Martin Lewis discussing tuition fees assist access, 11 February2015: 

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