Privatization in Education

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Privatization in Education

Type: Master thesis
Title: Privatization in Education
Author: de Nijs, Bart
Issue Date: 2017-02-28
Keywords: Privatization
Abstract: In this thesis an answer will be given to the question what the effects are of privatization on the access to education and whether it is desirable that education is privatized – and if so, in what way. To determine an answer to this question this thesis will first present different arguments in favor and against privatization in general and then introduce four different forms of provision. Consequently, the earlier presented arguments will be applied to the four different ideal types of provision for the case of education. In the end this thesis will conclude that some form of privatization is desirable, as it generates a higher degree of efficiency and therefore reduces the cost of educational provision. However, since a purely privatized provision of education is subject to undesirable consequences - such as problems with equality of opportunity - this thesis states that a privatized supply side is the best form of educational provision, because it entails efficiency and equality of opportunity.
Supervisor: Verbeek, Bruno
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: philosophy politics and economics
ECTS Credits: 20

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