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Inequalities in student to course match: evidence from linked administrative data

Campbell, Stuart, Macmillan, Lindsey, Murphy, Richard and Wyness, Gill (2019) Inequalities in student to course match: evidence from linked administrative data. CEP Discussion Papers. Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines inequalities in the match between student quality and university quality using linked administrative data from schools, universities and tax authorities. We analyse two measures of match at the university-subject (course) level, based on student academic attainment, and graduate earnings. We find that students from lower socio-economic groups systematically undermatch for both measures across the distribution of attainment, with particularly stark socio-economic gaps for the most undermatched. While there are negligible gender gaps in academic match, high-attaining women systematically undermatch in terms of expected earnings, largely driven by subject choice.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I22 - Educational Finance
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 16:12
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103413

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