Regional distribution of public funds for institutions of higher education

Influences on the regional distribution of resources of a variety of models for funding institutions of higher education, with special reference to the Netherlands, Britain and the US


  • Ingo Liefner Geographisches Institut Abt. Wirtschaftsgeographie, Universität Hannover, Schneiderberg 50, 30167, Hannover





Public funding of institutions of higher education affects regions as the spending of universities creates demand and fosters regional development. This article analyzes the nonintended regional effects of public funding of universities. Examples are the Netherlands, Britain and the US. These countries are currently viewed as being role models for reforms in the German higher education system. It can be shown that specialization of universities and competition for public resources leads to regional concentration of resources. The use of stabilizing factors in the funding process can limit regional redistribution.



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Liefner I. Regional distribution of public funds for institutions of higher education: Influences on the regional distribution of resources of a variety of models for funding institutions of higher education, with special reference to the Netherlands, Britain and the US. RuR [Internet]. 2001 Sep. 30 [cited 2024 May 25];59(5-6):436–445. Available from: