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Cauê Dobbin

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Graduate Student Research Funding | 2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Financial Aid, and the Supply and Demand for Higher Education

Subsidized student loans are an essential tool of higher-education policy in many countries. Hence, there is a vast literature investigating the effects of such policies, in particular, whether access to financial support increases college attendance. However, due to the lack of data and credible identification, evidence on supply-side responses is still limited. In this paper, Dobbin explores a drastic change in the availability of subsidized student loans in Brazil to study the behavior of private higher-education education institutions. Using a rich administrative dataset covering the universe of students, he evaluates impacts on the number of spots, prices, quality, and other outcomes.

Cauê Dobbin, Department of Economics

Cauê Dobbin

Cauê Dobbin is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University, with a research focus on the economics of education and its relationship with inequality and development. His work combines economic theory and big data to shed light on the most pressing issues of our time, such as student loans, migration restrictions, and affirmative action. Dobbin has taught a wide range of courses in economics at Stanford, which recognized him with an award for outstanding teaching in 2019. He holds a BA from the University of Brasilia and an MA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, both in economics.

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