Canadian universities shouldn’t reduce tuition to get more students, says economist

January 27, 2016

Despite Canada’s successes in achieving a high PSE attainment rate, “Canadian university students are disproportionately drawn from households in the upper part of the income distribution,” writes Université Laval economist Stephen Gordon for the National Post. Yet too many people emphasize the wrong costs for attending PSE, focusing on tuition when they ought to examine the cost of foregone wages. Gordon says the solution is fairly simple—raise tuition a small amount, and use the proceeds to support lower-income students. He admits, however, that the politics of such a move are “more problematic.” National Post