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What You Don't Know Can't Help You: Lessons of Behavioural Economics for Tax-Based Student Aid

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November 13, 2013

Postsecondary tax credits cost the federal and provincial governments billions of dollars each year, but are not distributed equitably and may have no proven effect in boosting enrolment, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “What You Don’t Know Can’t Help You: Lessons of Behavioural Economics for Tax-Based Student Aid,” author Christine Neill finds flaws in the design of postsecondary tax credits  and recommends they be better-targeted at low-income families that need them most.

 

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