Equality for All? Egypt’s Free Public Higher Education Policy Breeds Inequality of Opportunity - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Equality for All? Egypt’s Free Public Higher Education Policy Breeds Inequality of Opportunity

Ragui Assaad


Date:
December, 2010

NO.
2

Topic:
H5. National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
I2. Education and Research Institutions

In this edition of Policy Perspective, Research Fellow Ragui Assaad writes that the common MENA countries policy of providing free public higher education is a misguided one. He explains that while such policies were adopted to ensure equality of opportunity, in Egypt they’ve led to the opposite; a system when scarce public resources actually subsidize the rich at the expense of the poor.

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