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Does Accessibility to Higher Education matter? Choice Behavior of High School Graduates in the Netherlands

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  • Carla S�

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    (Department of Economics, University of Minho, Portugal)

  • Raymond J.G.M. Florax

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    (Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University)

  • Piet Rietveld

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    (Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper identifies pivotal factors behind individual decision-making in the transition from high school to post-secondary education in the Netherlands. We apply a multinomial logit framework to individual data on post-secondary education choices. Specifically, our modeling approach accommodates two types of effects that have not received ample attention in the literature. First, we include information regarding the geographical accessibility of the higher education system. Second, we allow the individual observations to be correlated within schools in order to account for localized social interactions. Our results confirm the paramount influence of the student’s track record and talent. The results, however, also show that geographical proximity to universities or professional colleges significantly increases the probability of high school leavers continuing their education at the post-secondary level.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-061/3.

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Date of creation: 02 Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20040061

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Keywords: high school graduates; higher education; social interaction; geographical accessibility;

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  1. Sandra E. Black & Amir Sufi, 2002. "Who Goes to College? Differential Enrollment by Race and Family Background," NBER Working Papers 9310, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Lupi, Claudio & Ordine, Patrizia, 2008. "Family Income and Students’ Mobility," Economics & Statistics Discussion Papers esdp08047, University of Molise, Dept. EGSeI.
  2. John Cullinan & Darragh Flannery & Sharon Walsh & Selina Mccoy, 2013. "Distance Effects, Social Class and the Decision to Participate in Higher Education in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 44(1), pages 19-51.
  3. Gibbons, Stephen & Vignoles, Anna, 2012. "Geography, choice and participation in higher education in England," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 98-113.
  4. Franta, Michal & Guzi, Martin, 2012. "Unequal Access to Higher Education in the Czech Republic: The Role of Spatial Distribution of Universities," IZA Discussion Papers 6285, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. B. Cesi & D. Paolini, 2011. "University choice, peer group and distance," Working Paper CRENoS 201101, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
  6. Falch, Torberg & Lujala, Päivi & Strøm, Bjarne, 2013. "Geographical constraints and educational attainment," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 164-176.
  7. Carla Sá & Raymond Florax & Piet Rietveld, 2007. "Living-arrangement and university decisions of Dutch young adults," NIPE Working Papers 14/2007, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
  8. CESI, Berardino & PAOLINI, dimitri, 2012. "Peer group and distance: when widening university participation is better," CORE Discussion Papers 2012042, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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