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Trends in College Pricing - Trends in Higher Education - The College Board
"Trends in College Pricing provides information on changes over time in undergraduate tuition and fees, room and board, and other estimated expenses related to attending colleges and universities. The report, which includes data through 2018-19 from the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges, reveals the wide variation in prices charged by institutions of different types and in different parts of the country. Of particular importance is the focus on the net prices students actually pay after taking grant aid into consideration. Data on institutional revenues and expenditures and on changing enrollment patterns over time supplement the data on prices to provide a clearer picture of the circumstances of students and the institutions in which they study."
college  university  cost  pricing  academic  economics  financial-aid 
5 weeks ago by tsuomela
Two books explore how philosophical change led to skyrocketing college tuition - Chicago Tribune
"Two new books help answer these questions: "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream" by Sara Goldrick-Rab, and "The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them" by Christopher Newfield."
book  review  academia  cost  college  university  economics 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Home - 4C Project
"4C will help organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminds us that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit, so our research must encompass related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’."
data-curation  curation  digital  libraries  archives  cost  economics  business 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads | Easily Distracted
I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. Annotated link
mooc  education  digital  future  reform  money  cost  infrastructure 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Paying Too Much for Energy? The True Costs of Our Energy Choices  »  Papers  »  The Hamilton Project
Energy consumption is critical to economic growth and quality of life. America’s energy system, however, is malfunctioning. The status quo is characterized by a tilted playing field, where energy choices are based on the visible costs that appear on utility bills and at gas pumps. This system masks the “external” costs arising from those energy choices, including shorter lives, higher health care expenses, a changing climate, and weakened national security. As a result, we pay unnecessarily high costs for energy. New “rules of the road” could level the energy playing field. Drawing from our work for The Hamilton Project, this paper offers four principles for reforming U.S. energy policies in order to increase Americans’ well-being.
energy  environment  cost  economics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Pay-what-you-want, identity, and self-signaling in markets
We investigate the role of identity and self-image consideration under “pay-what-you-want” pricing. Results from three field experiments show that often, when granted the opportunity to name the price of a product, fewer consumers choose to buy it than when the price is fixed and low. We show that this opt-out behavior is driven largely by individuals’ identity and self-image concerns
economics  cost  self-concept  pschyology 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Treating a Nation of Anxious Wimps
We’ve become a nation of hypochondriacs. Every sneeze is swine flu, every headache a tumor. And at great expense, we deliver fantastically prompt, thorough and largely unnecessary care. There is tremendous financial pressure on physicians to keep patients happy. But unlike business, in medicine the customer isn’t always right. Sometimes a doctor needs to show tough love and deny patients the quick fix. A good physician needs to have the guts to stand up to people and tell them that their baby gets ear infections because they smoke cigarettes. That it’s time to admit they are alcoholics. That they need to suck it up and deal with discomfort because narcotics will just make everything worse. That what’s really wrong with them is that they are just too damned fat.  Unfortunately, this type of advice rarely leads to high patient satisfaction scores.  
medicine  health  health-care  cost  risk  expectation 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Tea Partiers Want A New Dollar Coin And Refuse To Listen To The Free Market In The Process | Capital Gains and Games
"The problem was that the vending machine operators and owners suddenly realized once the coin was available that it was going to cost them about $50 to retrofit each machine so that it would accept dollar coins...and most flatly refused to spend the money. They wanted the Mint to pay for the retrofitting, which it wasn't authorized to do.

With banks refusing to order the golden dollar in big numbers or distribute them exclusively when they had them, retailers refusing to order them because of the additional cost, consumer wanting them but having a substitute -- the bill -- that they liked at least as much, and vending machine owners refusing to get in the game, the golden dollar died the same ignominious death as the Susan B. Anthony."
history  sts  infrastructure  cost  standards  money  coins 
october 2011 by tsuomela
On the Bubble « Easily Distracted
"The problem is that faculty at many institutions mandate that students pursue the liberal arts via distributional or general education requirements, but there are no obligations on the faculty themselves to match or embody that vision. Students are expected to make connections between subjects and courses largely on their own, and often find that the connections that they have made are complicatedly inexpressible within any given course or disciplinary major, in conversation with any given professor. "
education  academia  college  economics  bubbles  cost  generalist  interdisciplinary  liberal  humanities  history 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Colleges Spend Far Less on Educating Students Than They Claim, Report Says - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"While universities routinely maintain that it costs them more to educate students than what students pay, a new report says exactly the opposite is true.

The report was released today by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which is directed by Richard K. Vedder, an economist who is also an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a Chronicle blogger. It says student tuition payments actually subsidize university spending on things that are unrelated to classroom instruction, like research, and that universities unfairly inflate the stated cost of providing an education by counting unrelated spending into the mix of what it costs them to educate students."
academia  academic  college  cost  spending  research  university 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Living Longer Comes With a Physical Cost -
"As a result, a 20-year-old man today can expect to live about a year longer than a 20-year-old in 1998, but will spend 1.2 years more with a disease, and 2 more years unable to function normally."
age  longevity  demography  health  medicine  cost 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Housing and Transportation Affordability Index
Americans traditionally consider housing affordable if it costs 30 percent or less of their income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated with place.
transportation  housing  maps  visualization  community  sustainability  transit  cost  money 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Health Beat: Massachusetts’ Problem and Maryland’s Solution We Don’t Have to Wait for Washington Part 2
In 1977, Maryland decided that, rather than leaving prices to the vagaries of a marketplace where insurers and hospitals negotiate behind closed doors, it would delegate the task of setting reimbursement rates for acute-care hospitals to an independent agency, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.
health-care  reform  state-government  state  cost  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Health Care’s Raw Deal for Middle-Class Families | NDN
From the data Steuerle presents, we can calculate that within just five or six years, the average middle-class family will have to devote nearly one-third of its income to health care costs. That’s right: one-third. According to the CBO, the average family will earn $54,000 a year in 2016, when a moderate-priced family policy will cost $14,700.
health-care  cost  insurance  income  class  middle-class 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Barriers to change: Using technology to improve the cost-effectiveness of the academy: Part 3 « Tony Bates
Part of a series on reinventing/revisioning the university to combine with technology. Refers to the Open University model.
college  university  education  technology  business-model  cost 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : The Dark Side of Cooperation
But such stories mostly ignore the dark side of cooperation: pro-cooperation instincts rely on dangerous conformity. Yes groups can be better off if individuals can see who do things that hurt the group overall, and punish those folks, and punish those who don’t punish them, etc. But our evolved instincts about which are the individual actions that actually hurt others might be quite out of whack.
cooperation  altruism  cost  benefits  social-psychology  social  psychology  evolution 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Yet More on Young College Grads - BusinessWeek
Clearly, the young male college grads have done the worst by far over this business cycle. Older female college grads have actually gained ground (all data comes from the Census Bureau, and includes last week’s income release).
college  cost  income  money  lost-decade  statistics 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Truth About Malpractice Lawsuits - BusinessWeek
A 2004 study by the Congressional Budget Office came up with much lower figures, however. The CBO estimated that malpractice premiums and awards to patients represent less than 2% of overall health-care spending. The CBO also concluded that any reductions in medical overtreatment from tort reform would be negligible.
medicine  health-care  reform  law  tort  malpractice  cost  insurance  lawsuit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Myth of Consumer Choice « The Baseline Scenario
So what really frustrates me about this whole “consumer choice” fraud is the premise it begins with. It starts out by framing health care as a problem of consumer incentives – health care is too cheap. This is a factually accurate framing that leads you to a dead end (unless you think people who underestimate their future sickness should die). I think the right way to frame this issue is with this question: Given a poor person and a rich person who have the same potentially fatal disease, should both of them live, or only one?
health-care  medicine  choice  consumer  health  cost  insurance  risk  free-markets  information  ideology  choice-fetish 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Health Bills Might Not Protect Some Needy Americans, Experts Say - Kaiser Health News
Concern about the legislation's cost has overshadowed a major worry among some policy experts: Whether the Democrats' plans would protect low- and moderate-income earners from excess financial burdens, as backers have promised.
health-care  insurance  reform  politics  public-option  cost  class  income 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Economic Scene - Health Reform’s Acid Test - Prostate Cancer -
Some doctors swear by one treatment, others by another. But no one really knows which is best. Rigorous research has been scant. Above all, no serious study has found that the high-technology treatments do better at keeping men healthy and alive.
health-care  health  medicine  cancer  treatment  prostate  economics  money  cost  reform 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Questioning the Attention Economy « The Scholarly Kitchen
More pushback on free media and free journalism - cites recent comments by Rupert Murdoch and Mark Cuban that newspapers cannot survive and continue to give away their content for nothing. "Newspapers face challenges beyond their business model, the biggest being the homogenization of content, where any one source can substitute for another. Murdoch’s toughest obstacle may be producing quality material that is unique enough that it can’t be easily replaced by a free alternative that is “good enough.” But if he can pull that off, there’s an argument to be made that a smaller market penetration consisting of paying customers is preferable to a wider penetration of freeloaders."
free  attention  economics  media  cost  journalism  business-model 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Beat the Press Archive | The American Prospect
The basic story of the U.S. health care system is that prices are inflated by enormous rents everywhere. Our doctors get paid twice as much as doctors in Canada, Germany, and elsewhere. (I know, they will all work as shoe salespeople and custodians, if we cut their pay.) We pay twice as much for prescription drugs as everyone else. And we throw 15 percent of our health care expenditures in the garbage, paying insurance companies to deny people care.
medicine  cost  health  politics 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Clogged Arteries - The Atlantic (March 2008)
The map above shows an estimate of road-traffic congestion in 2010. In most major metro areas, it is steadily worsening. The cost of congestion, including added freight cost and lost productivity for commuters, reached $78 billion in 2005. Half of that occurred in just 10 metro areas.
transportation  cost  traffic  rail  economics  money 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Open, Closed, or Clopen Access? | July 2009 | Communications of the ACM
The bottom line is there are two distinct issues here. The first is the issue of for-profit vs. association publishing. The current relationship between the scientific community and the for-profit publishers makes no sense to me. The second issue is the business model of association publishing, for example, "reader pays" vs. "authors pays." This is a legitimate topic of discussion, as long as we understand that it cannot be separated from the overall business model of the association. Just remember, "free" is not a sound business model.
publisher  publishing  business  non-profit  associations  professional-association  cost  editorial  open-access  business-model 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Civilization's Cost: The Decline and Fall of Human Health -- Gibbons 324 (5927): 588 -- Science
Agriculture and cities made human life better, right? Wrong, say archaeologists who presented stunning new evidence at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting. They pooled data on standardized indicators of health from skeletal remains, including stature, dental health, degenerative joint disease, anemia, trauma, and the isotopic signatures of what they ate, and gathered data on settlement size, latitude, and socioeconomic and subsistence patterns. They found that the health of many Europeans began to worsen markedly about 3000 years ago, after agriculture became widely adopted in Europe and during the rise of the Greek and Roman civilizations.
anthropology  civilization  cost  agriculture  health  history 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: Education and Health Care: Connecting the Dots
Both health care and higher ed have been subject to incessant cost spirals, and for many of the same reasons. And our current political debate gets those reasons almost completely wrong. Leaning on one to feed the other is a defensible short-term political choice, but it doesn't get at the underlying drivers of cost increase. I
medicine  health  education  cost 
april 2009 by tsuomela
The Oil Drum: Europe | The energy efficiency of energy procurement systems
Good summary diagram of the different costs to extract energy from different sources: oil, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, etc.
energy  cost  environment  alternative 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Should Environmentalists Fear Cass Sunstein? - Environment and Energy
To correct this imbalance, the next president should issue an executive order reforming how OIRA conducts its business. IPI has released a set of needed reforms to achieve balanced cost-benefit analyses. Reforms include increasing transparency, reviewing deregulation and agency inaction, ensuring that costs of regulation are not overestimated, and taking distributional effects into account. All of these changes would signal President Obama’s commitment to a more reasonable and just system of regulation. Sunstein’s appointment makes clear that Obama wants change at OIRA—he is too talented to be wasted in a business-as-usual role in the next administration. But the task of reforming cost-benefit analysis, removing its biases, and reforging it into a neutral tool for sound policymaking, all while promoting a strong regulatory agenda in a time of economic crisis, will not be easy.
regulation  government  regulatory-capture  reform  cost  benefits  analysis 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Higher Education - State Universities Rival Ivy League? — Open Education
When it comes to higher education, it appears it might well be time for students to give greater consideration to public colleges and universities. Three recent articles offer support for state schools, each wondering aloud if an education obtained at one of the elite private colleges is really worth the money?

Carol Hymowitz, writing for the Wall Street Journal, insists that when it comes to earning a degree ‘Any College Will Do.‘ Hymowitz notes the words of some of the nation’s top executives who insist that the “path to the corner office usually starts at state university.”
education  future  cost  academia 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education
Concerned with the current state of American education, the College Board convened the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education to examine demographic, socioeconomic, public policy, and educations trends that affect college access and success.
education  college  research  future  cost  class  access  academic 
december 2008 by tsuomela
EconoSpeak: A Golden Oldie: Invest in People
a new system of tuition financing that works on both the individual and macroeconomic levels. It goes like this: students take out loans from a government agency, but instead of paying back the precise amount they borrowed, they agree to a modest tax surcharge on their earning for several years after they graduate. If they end up with high-paying jobs, they pay back more into the student loan system. If they end up with lower-paying jobs, they pay less. The overall terms, the percent of the surcharge and the number of years, are set so that, over all the graduates combined, the money borrowed is equal to the money returned. This is a progressive approach that scales the financial contribution of those who benefit from college to their ability to pay, and it reduces the pressure on borrowers to take the most lucrative jobs rather than the ones that appeal to their interests and ideals.
education  finance  loan  cost  progressive 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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