The Centre for International Student Loans Research (CISLR) is a non-profit network of international researchers who specialise in higher education financing, student loan design, the economics of education and applied econometrics. Our mission is:
to conduct high-quality and independent research with respect to the design and evaluation of student loan systems; and to provide policy consultation to governments around the world in the area of higher education financing.
Initiated by Professor Bruce Chapman (ANU) and Professor Lorraine Dearden (UCL) in 2017, our network now includes researchers from ten universities and four research institutes across ten countries. Members of CISLR have engaged directly with governments to help inform the design and reform of student loan systems in various countries, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Thailand, and the UK. We have also actively engaged in the policy dialogues on higher education financing and student loan reform in China, Malaysia, South Korea, the US, and Vietnam.
To see a brief summary of the economics and public policy of student loans, and some recent works in higher education financing by CISLR members, click here.
Some recent publications by CISLR members are featured in the upcoming Special Issue on Higher Education Financing: Student Loans in the Economics of Education Review. These works contribute to the existing literature of higher education financing in three specific areas: the conceptual framework underpinning the theoretical bases of loans; extensions of empirical, specifically econometric, analytical methods; and the findings with respect to repayment burdens, government subsidies, collection parameters and their meaning for potential policy reforms in five countries. Selected research papers and presentations by CISLR members can be accessed on this website.
On-going works by CISLR members centre around key issues in the areas of improving the simulation of graduate lifetime income, the measurement of debtor financial stress, and a better understanding of the impacts of loan types on decision making. We are also planning an international conference on student loan research and policy experience in mid-2019.