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McPherson, Michael S.

Works: 79 works in 262 publications in 3 languages and 8,149 library holdings
Genres: Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler, Contributor
Classifications: HB72, 378.169120973
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Most widely held works by Michael S McPherson
Economic analysis, moral philosophy, and public policy by Daniel M Hausman( )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book shows through argument and numerous policy-related examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists' analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy. Part I explores the idea of rationality and its connections to ethics, arguing that when they defend their formal model of rationality, most economists implicitly espouse contestable moral principles. Part II addresses the nature and measurement of welfare, utilitarianism and cost-benefit analysis. Part III discusses freedom, rights, equality, and justice - moral notions that are relevant to evaluating policies, but which have played little if any role in conventional welfare economics. Finally, Part IV explores work in social choice theory and game theory that is relevant to moral decision making. Each chapter includes recommended reading and discussion questions."--
Crossing the finish line : completing college at America's public universities by William G Bowen( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long revered for their dedication to equal opportunity and affordability, public universities play a crucial role in building our country's human capital. And yet-a sobering fact-less than 60 percent of the students entering four-year colleges in America today are graduating. Why is this happening and what can be done? Crossing the Finish Line, the most important book on higher education to appear since The Shape of the River, provides the most detailed exploration ever of the crisis of college completion at America's public universities. This groundbreaking book sheds light on such serious issues as dropout rates linked to race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Probing graduation rates at twenty-one flagship public universities and four statewide systems of public higher education, the authors focus on the progress of students in the entering class of 1999-from entry to graduation, transfer, or withdrawal. They examine the effects of parental education, family income, race and gender, high school grades, test scores, financial aid, and characteristics of universities attended (especially their selectivity). The conclusions are compelling: minority students and students from poor families have markedly lower graduation rates-and take longer to earn degrees-even when other variables are taken into account. Noting the strong performance of transfer students and the effects of financial constraints on student retention, the authors call for improved transfer and financial aid policies, and suggest ways of improving the sorting processes that match students to institutions. An outstanding combination of evidence and analysis, Crossing the Finish Line should be read by everyone who cares about the nation's higher education system"--
Lesson plan : an agenda for change in American higher education by William G Bowen( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American higher education faces some serious problems--but they are not the ones most people think. In this brief and accessible book, two leading experts show that many so-called crises--from the idea that typical students are drowning in debt to the belief that tuition increases are being driven by administrative bloat--are exaggerated or simply false. At the same time, many real problems--from the high dropout rate to inefficient faculty staffing--have received far too little attention. In response, William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson provide a frank assessment of the biggest challenges confronting higher education and propose a bold agenda for reengineering essential elements of the system to meet them. The result promises to help shape the debate about higher education for years to come. Lesson Plan shows that, for all of its accomplishments, higher education today is falling short when it comes to vital national needs. Too many undergraduates are dropping out or taking too long to graduate; minorities and the poor fare worse than their peers, reinforcing inequality; and college is unaffordable for too many. But these problems could be greatly reduced by making significant changes, including targeting federal and state funding more efficiently; allocating less money for "merit aid" and more to match financial need; creating a respected "teaching corps" that would include nontenure faculty; improving basic courses in fields such as math by combining adaptive learning and face-to-face teaching; strengthening leadership; and encouraging more risk taking. It won't be easy for faculty, administrators, trustees, and legislators to make such sweeping changes, but only by doing so will they make it possible for our colleges and universities to meet the nation's demands tomorrow and into the future."--Jacket
Economic analysis and moral philosophy by Daniel M Hausman( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economic analysis and moral philosophy shows how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, and how moral philosophy can benefit by drawing on insights and analytical tools from economics
Keeping college affordable : government and educational opportunity by Michael S McPherson( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book evaluates the role of federal and state legislatures in subsidizing higher education and keeping college affordable for Americans of all economic and social backgrounds. It provides evidence to examine whether America's financial resources are being used as effectively as possible in higher education investments. Further, it examines the impact of student aid policies of the last 20 years on such factors as enrollment, institutional effectiveness, and educational opportunity. It is questioned whether federal student aid has encouraged enrollment and broadened education choices of disadvantaged students; whether institutions are now more secure and educationally more effective; and whether the distribution of higher education's benefits, and sharing of its cost, is fairer. In addition, a projection of the likely trends of college affordability is provided. Chapters examine the changing patterns of college finance and enrollment; student financial aid; the supply-side effects of student aid; the effects of incomes, prices, and college choice; the better targeting of student aid; and the development of better public policies for higher-education finance. Among the appendices are a report concerning college costs, financial aid, and enrollment; and an analysis of government support and institutional behavior. Contains 112 references and an index. (Glr)
The student aid game : meeting need and rewarding talent in American higher education by Michael S McPherson( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Student Aid Game, Michael S. McPherson and Morton Owen Shapiro explain how both colleges and governments are struggling to cope with a rapidly changing marketplace, and show how sound policies can help preserve the strengths and remedy some emerging weaknesses of American higher education. Of particular interest is the issue of merit aid. McPherson and Schapiro consider the attractions and pitfalls of merit aid from the viewpoint of students, institutions, and society
Development, democracy, and the art of trespassing : essays in honor of Albert O. Hirschman( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paying the piper : productivity, incentives, and financing in U.S. higher education by Michael S McPherson( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays comprising this volume demonstrate that the application of basic economic principles and a combination of both descriptive and econometric analyses can illuminate a number of issues. Using economic concepts and tools to provide insight into these pressing questions, PAYING THE PIPER helps us to understand the recent past, anticipate the future, and develop policies that can influence the future
The aims of higher education : problems of morality and justice by Harry Brighouse( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Harry Brighouse and Spencer Foundation president Michael McPherson bring together leading philosophers to think about some of the most fundamental questions that higher education faces. Looking beyond the din of arguments over how universities should be financed, how they should be run, and what their contributions to the economy are, the contributors to this volume set their sights on higher issues: ones of moral and political value
Fulfilling America's promise : social policies for the 1990s( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

College access : opportunity or privilege?( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

College success : what it means and how to make it happen( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twelve essays that addresses college success, discussing expectations, financial burdens, requirements, effective instruction, and other related topics
When saving means losing : weighing the benefits of college-savings plans by Roberto M Ifill( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the early 1980s, college tuitions have soared, and state and federal governments have sought new ways to help students and families meet the costs of attendance. Annual state and federal appropriations to traditional student aid programs have more than doubled in the past two decades. In addition, the federal government created the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax credit programs, and state governments created prepaid tuition plans and college-savings plans. These state savings plans, called "529 plans," are used by many families to help pay for college. However, because of the way funds invested in the different plans are treated by traditional financial aid programs, participation in them can affect eligibility for scholarships, grants and loans. Depending on the details, an increase in savings in a 529 plan may result in a dollar-for-dollar decrease in eligibility for need-based grant aid or it may result in no decrease at all. This paper describes the ways in which this might happen for different groups of students at different types of institutions. One of the things families should consider in deciding whether to invest in a 529 plan, some general financial savings plan (such as a mutual fund), or a savings account in a son's or daughter's name is the interaction between the level of accumulated assets and the need-based financial aid system. In general, less aid will be available to families who accumulate more assets. The precise relationships vary enormously, however, depending on the savings instrument chosen, the family's level of income and wealth, the cost of attendance at the chosen college, and the details of that institution's financial aid policies. This guide was written to assist three important groups: (1) Families, as they consider their savings options; (2) Colleges, as they consider how to treat these accumulated savings in their own financial aid policies; and (3) Policy-makers, as they consider both federal student aid policy and federal tax policy
Selective admission and the public interest by Michael S McPherson( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reinforcing stratification in American higher education : some disturbing trends by Michael S McPherson( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report examines the decade of change in the U.S. system of finance for higher education, which has resulted in a set of programs and policies that are highly responsive to the demands of middle- and upper-income families for help but which are less well equipped to respond to the needs of lower-income families for assistance with their college investments. This paper documents this trend and examines the relationship between financing trends and trends in the enrollment patterns of U.S. high school students (E.G., college access and college choice). The paper also comments on the political economy of the developments being documented (E.G., forces that appear to be leading public policy in the directions identified and circumstances that might produce a different, and perhaps more favorable, outlook for financing policy). The paper concludes that, in most circumstances, when colleges and universities get more revenue, the result is that they do more social good. It claims that the intrinsic benefits of college to students are of at least as much importance as the gain in relative position that accrues from college education. (Contains 14 references.) (Sm)
Merit aid : students, institutions, and society by Michael S McPherson( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent research indicates a trend toward increases in the share of all institution-based student aid funds going to merit aid and in merit scholarship competition among institutions. This paper presents findings of a study that surveyed 379 nonprofit bachelors'-degree-granting institutions in 1983-84 and 1991-92. Findings indicate that the less selective institutions in both the public and private sectors are far more involved in merit aid than their more prestigious counterparts. However, the revenue foregone by institutions that did engage heavily in merit competition clearly absorbed resources that could otherwise go into the educational enterprise. The costs of merit competition are clearly on the rise. A second finding is that students are rewarded for the difference between their personal sat scores and the school's average sat scores. In summary, merit aid compensates students for attending schools that are "beneath" them, especially in the private sector. Although white students (excluding athletes) get a proportionate share of total merit aid, they are overrepresented in the merit pool in private institutions and underrepresented at public schools. Black and Hispanic students, however, collect a disproportionate share of merit aid at public schools while losing out in the private sector. Finally, the evidence that merit aid rewards higher academic qualifications while, especially in the private sector, providing smaller awards to students from more affluent backgrounds is encouraging from both an equity and an efficiency perspective. Five tables are included. Contains seven references. (Lmi)
El análisis económico y la Filosofía Moral by Daniel M Hausman( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracia, desarrollo y el arte de traspasar fronteras : ensayos en homenaje a Albert O. Hirchsman [sic] by Alejandro Foxley( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does need-based student aid discourage saving for college? by Karl E Case( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question of whether the availability of need-based student financial aid reduces the applicant families' incentives to save and work was assessed. Changes in the need-based aid system are also suggested. Need-based aid systems compute a family's ability to pay for college from information on the family's income and assets at the time a student applies for aid. If a family can arrange to have fewer assets (by saving less during the students' precollege years or working fewer hours) the student will generally qualify for more aid. The two systems analysed in this paper are the Pell system of federal grants and the Uniform Methodology system. It is concluded that perhaps 20% or fewer of all financial aid applicants face substantial incentives to adjust their work or savings behavior in response to the Uniform Methodology's aid incentives. Students from these families are heavily concentrated in higher cost private institutions, since they would generally not qualify for aid at lower cost places. Adverse aid incentives flow primarily from institutionally-awarded aid, but are virtually nonexistent in the largest federal grant program, Pell Grants. The following strategies are suggested: reduce the marginal taxing rates facing families in the aid system, impute assets to parents with inadequate savings, extend the time period over which families are subject to needs analysis, and encourage parental effort through "matching" of parental contributions. (Sw)
How can we tell if federal student aid is working? by Michael S McPherson( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This discussion of how the effectiveness of federal student aid can be evaluated is framed in terms of three questions: (1) Has federal student aid expanded educational opportunity; that is, has it encouraged the enrollment and broadened the educational choices of disadvantaged students? (2) Has federal student aid made the distribution of higher education's benefits, and the sharing of its costs, fairer? (3) Has federal student aid made higher education institutions work better, by making them financially more secure and educationally more effective? Each question is discussed, followed by a brief conclusion pointing out the compatibility of the three points of view represented by the questions. Two tables summarize data on predicted distributions of enrollments in 1979 with and without the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and federal aid per freshman student across all institutions. The document contains 31 references. (Km)
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Economic analysis, moral philosophy, and public policy
Crossing the finish line : completing college at America's public universitiesEconomic analysis and moral philosophyKeeping college affordable : government and educational opportunityThe student aid game : meeting need and rewarding talent in American higher educationCollege access : opportunity or privilege?College success : what it means and how to make it happenEl análisis económico y la Filosofía MoralDemocracia, desarrollo y el arte de traspasar fronteras : ensayos en homenaje a Albert O. Hirchsman [sic]
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Mac Pherson Michael S.

Mac Pherson, Michael S. 1947-

MacPherson Michael S.

MacPherson, Michael S. 1947-

MacPherson, Michael Steven 1947-

Mc Pherson Michael S.

Mc Pherson, Michael S. 1947-

Mc Pherson, Michael Steven 1947-

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McPherson, Michael 1947-

McPherson, Michael S.

McPherson, Michael Steven

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