Monday, 7 February 2005

HOPE = grade inflation

Alex Tabarrok notes recent research suggesting that Georgia’s expensive HOPE scholarship program has done little to improve access for disadvantaged students to the state’s higher ed system, at the expense of producing rampant high school grade inflation and encouraging students to avoid challenging courses in college so they can keep their scholarships.

The best that can be said for the program is that it keeps talented students in-state, which may reduce the mobility of smart people away from Georgia; whether that’s sufficient to justify a massive middle class entitlement program (financed off the stupidity of the poor, in the form of lottery ticket sales) I leave as an exercise for the reader.


Any views expressed in these comments are solely those of their authors; they do not reflect the views of the authors of Signifying Nothing, unless attributed to one of us.

The lottery is a voluntary tax. Also there is a second effect found by Cornwell and Mustard you failed to mention the HOPE allows smart students who could not afford to attend places like UGA and Tech the opprotunity to do so.


r: “done little to improve access” does not equal nothing.

Comments are now closed on this post.