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- Name: Professor Nicholas Barr
- Occupation: Professor of Public Economics at LSE
Nicholas Barr is Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics, the author of numerous books and articles, including The Economics of the Welfare State, Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices and Financing Higher Education: Answers from the UK.
Since the mid 1980s he has been active in the international debate about financing higher education, about which he has written extensively, advocating a system of income-contingent student loans administered alongside income tax or social security contributions. In the UK, he argued for many years for tuition fees fully covered by income-contingent loans - arguments that culminated in the 2006 reforms in England. He was an adviser to the Australian West Committee, has contributed to policy in New Zealand, advised the Hungarian government on the design of their student loan system and contributed to the debate about reform in Chile.