Somaiya, Samir
January 2005
Harvard Kennedy School Review;2005, Vol. 6, p17
Academic Journal
The article examines the role that markets play in expanding market access to higher education, and its impact on human capital, in the context of market-based higher education in India. In the late 1970s, private institutions began to start engineering and management institutions in the four states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. The results show that the country is reaping the benefits of the human capital so created, and primarily in the states that took this initiative over twenty years ago. Private institutions are now addressing ways to fund students who are unable to afford tuition. It is believed that equity and access are important and that public policy must address market failure, but policies should not be created to make markets fail.


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