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Financing of Public Higher Education in Afghanistan: Public Opinion and Information Effects Public Deposited

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  • The Afghan public higher education (HE) system absorbs less than one-fifth of government education spending and per student spending declines, while the student annual enrollment is rising. This contrast may trigger challenges and inevitable tradeoffs for the public universities to encounter. Policies concerning the diversification of financing stream need attention; however, charging tuition in public institutions may confront robust public opposition due to its constitutional and historical features. We execute a randomized control trial (RCT) experiment to examine whether an information campaign contributes to lessening the opposition between citizen’s views and the contents of government policies concerning the financing of public HE. We utilize the linear probability model (LPM) to shed light on information effects empirically. Our result suggests, that introducing tuition fees with supplemented information to citizens concerning charging tuition could mitigate citizen’s opposition. Besides, nighttime school tuition narrative as information treatment interventions concerning charging tuition fees for daytime undergraduate programs might be more effective compared to other forms of information concerning financing policies.
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