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Access, choice and participation in higher education

Gibbons, Steve and Vignoles, Anna (2009) Access, choice and participation in higher education. CEE Discussion Papers, CEEDP0101. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Geographical distance between parental home and college poses a potential barrier to higher education entry, and could be a deciding factor when choosing between institutions. Some students may be constrained in their education choices because they cannot afford to leave home, or have personal or cultural reasons to remain close to their family. This paper provides quantitative evidence on these issues using administrative data on a cohort of university entrants in England, which includes both individual and school level information. Our findings are that geographical distance has little or no impact on the decision to participate, but has a strong influence on institutional choice. Institution attendance probabilities fall with distance from home, with an elasticity of -1. Small, but behaviourally important differences between demographic groups have implications for the sorting of students across institutions. There are also implications for the spatial distribution of human capital, because the quality of students’ education is linked to the quality of institutions that are close to home.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cee.lse.ac.uk/pubs/default.asp
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R0 - General
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEEDP0101
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 09:43
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/23656/

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