NATSEM Seminar Series

Targeted Education Vouchers "Bidikmisi" For Higher Education and Academic Performance: A Case Study from Indonesia

Tue 14 May 2019Dr Sarah Dong, Australian National University and Dr Riyana Miranti, NATSEM, University of Canberra / 12:00pm-1:00pm


The public universities in Indonesia are partially funded by the government so the students’ tuition is subsidised. Further, since 2010 the government introduced the targeted education voucher of the Bidikmisi scholarship to cover the tuition costs and living allowance fully for students coming from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. This paper investigates the influence of these funding support schemes for subsidised and fully-supported students on academic performance once they enter the university. The study fills an empirical gap in this field and has policy implication for improving the efficiency of government spending, labour quality and equality of opportunity in accessing higher education. Using data collected from one university in Java, Indonesia, this study applies an impact evaluation technique to compare the performance of students in the two schemes. The study reveals that the scholarship recipients do not perform markedly less well than other students and the targeted vouchers broaden access to university without lowering the average outcomes of students. This paper is a collaborative project between Universitas Sebelas Maret, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.



Dr. Sarah Dong is a Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. She is also a member of the ANU Indonesia Project. Her research areas include labor market dynamics and labor policy, the formalisation of the informal sector, the effect of labour demand changes on women, and recently higher education policy.

Dr Riyana Miranti is an Associate Professor and Convenor of IGPA Indonesia Program at NATSEM, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), at University of Canberra. Her research areas include the issues of wellbeing and disadvantage which covers poverty, social exclusion and inequality. Mira has two countries of specialisation, Australia and Indonesia.

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