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Why Does College Cost So Much?

Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman


College tuition has risen more rapidly than overall inflation for much of the past century, and in recent years this growth has accelerated. The rhetoric of crisis now permeates public discussion of the cost of attendance. Much of what is written ties rapidly rising tuition to dysfunctional behavior in the academy. Common examples include prestige games among universities, gold-plated amenities, and bloated administration. This book offers a different view, one that places higher education firmly within the larger economic history of the United States. A technological trio of broad economic fo ... More

Keywords: college tuition, inflation, attendance, higher education, economic growth, colleges, universities, financial aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Archibald, author
College of William and Mary

David H. Feldman, author
College of William and Mary