CGHE International event

Higher Education Contribution Scheme: origins, evolution, international adoption and extensions

  • Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 17:30 - 19:00
  • Australian National University College of Business & Economics, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre 1
  • Bruce Chapman, Australian National University
  • CGHE Research Programme 2

The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was introduced in Australia over 25 years ago, and was the first nationally-based income contingent loan (ICL) scheme.

It has since been successfully implemented in eight other countries and currently there are around four or more countries in which research is underway aimed at its adoption.

The benefits of such instruments have been recognised in research involving disparate potential applications, including for: extensions of paid parental leave, legal aid, business innovation, health care, drought relief, the payment of low level criminal fines and providing for aged care. 


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Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapman is a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University’s (ANU) Research School of Economics, and Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics. He was educated at the ANU and Yale University and has had published over 200 papers and several books in applied economics and economic policy. He is best known for his work on income contingent loans. 

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