Higher education in a globalized world: governance, competition a

Higher education in a globalized world: governance, competition and performance

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This book offers an improved understanding of European higher education, both from a scientific and a policy point of view. Read More

The analysis of universities is a topic which attracts more and more attention in social sciences, and especially in economics since the connection between the functioning of higher education and economic growth is increasingly recognized. The various chapters of this book are therefore interesting in a double perspective : from a “pure research” point of view but also, for many of them, from a public policy point of view. This is especially true for the first set of chapters, which focus on the organization of higher education systems, including (i) discussions of pleas for higher inflows of (public and private) money and for institutional reforms to improve their “value for money”; and (ii) evaluations of existing reforms, like the Bologna process which favors compatibility between teaching programmes and the mobility of students. The second set of chapters concerns the positioning of individual higher education institutions, with implications about their strategies stemming from the multi-tasking nature of their mission; and also analyses of individual researcher and student behavior, with an emphasis on topics like the role of career incentives of researchers, the adoption of new technologies by students or the predictability of their success rate. Whether the book takes a “systemic” or an “individual” perspective, it builds on a variety of approaches, from microeconomic theory to empirical methodologies, including econometric analyses as well as evidence collected from surveys.

The contributions presented in this book are samples of outputs from research questions that have been at the heart of a multiuniversity project – with researchers from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Universiteit Antwerpen and Université de Toulouse – funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (under its PAI/IAP Programme).

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Edited by
Mathias Dewatripont, Françoise Thys-Clément, Luc Wilkin,
Introduction by
Luc Wilkin, Mathias Dewatripont,
Contributions by
Philippe Aghion, Périne Brotcorne, Tom Coupé, Ilaria Faccin, Thomas Gall, Axel Gautier, Marcel Gérard, Caroline Hoxby, Doh-Shin Jeon, Stijn Kelchtermans, Patrick Legros, Andreu Mas-Colell, Domenico Menicucci, Nadine Meskens, Andrew Newman, Wilfried Pauwels, André Sapir, Valerie Smeets, Juan Francisco Superby, Jean-Philippe Vandamme, Frederick van der Ploeg, Eve Vanhaecht, Frank Verboven, Reinhilde Veugelers, Alexis Walckiers, Frédéric Warzynski, Xavier Wauthy,
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Publisher Category
Publishers own classification > Business & Economics
BISAC Subject Heading
BUS024000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Education
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013-2019)
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
Thema subject category: Economics of specific sectors


Publication Date
16 June 2008
Main content page count : 304
160 x 240 x 16 cm
534 grams
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Introduction | Mathias DEWATRIPONT and Luc WILKIN
Part I – Organization of higher education systems
Reforming European universities: Scope for an evidence-based process | Reinhilde VEUGELERS and Frederick VAN DER PLOEG
Why reform Europe's universities? | Philippe AGHION, Mathias DEWATRIPONT,
Caroline HOXBY, Andreu MAS-COLELL and André SAPIR
Research and higher education in a federal system: The need for a European University Charter | Françoise THYS-CLÉMENT
Financing Bologna: which country will pay for foreign students? | Marcel GÉRARD
Regulation of program supply in higher education. Lessons from a funding system reform |
The timing of education | Thomas GALL, Patrick LEGROS and Andrew NEWMAN
Part II – Individual higher education organizations
Multi-dimensional contracts with task-specific productivity: An application to universities | Alexis WALCKIERS
Teaching versus research: The role of internal financing rules in multi-department universities | Axel GAUTIER and Xavier WAUTHY
University competition: Symmetric or asymmetric quality choices? | Eve VANHAECHT and Wilfried PAUWELS
Part III – Researcher behavior
Money, fame and the allocation of talent: Brain drain and the institution of science |
Doh-Shin JEON and Domenico MENICUCCI
Incentives, sorting and productivity along the career: Evidence from a sample of top economists | Tom COUPÉ, Valérie SMEETS and Frédéric WARZYNSKI
Part IV – Student behavior
Clicks and bricks: Tuning the promises of information and communication technologies (ICT) with students' practices | Luc WILKIN, Périne BROTCORNE and Ilaria FACCIN
Predicting academic performance by data mining methods | Jean-Philippe VANDAMME,
Nadine MESKENS and Juan-Francisco SUPERBY
Biographical notes