Tuesday, October 07, 2003

A new form of price discrimination in tuition rates 

After the homecoming riots at MSU-Mankato last weekend, one senator is proposing to charge hire tuition to students who riot. Outrage is bipartisan.
Rep. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, said she will reintroduce a bill that would withhold state grant money to students convicted of participating in riots. The measure was stripped out of the final higher education funding bill last year after concerns about punishing student rioters differently than non-students who join in.

Senate Majority Leader John Hottinger, DFL-St. Peter, who represents Mankato, said he will co-author a bill enacting higher tuition rates for students convicted of rioting.
Principles of economics students -- please study this form of price discrimination and determine if society is helped or hurt by the pricing mechanism. Hint: Answers should begin with "It depends..."