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The Determinants of University Participation in Canada (1977−2003)

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  • Christofides, Louis N.

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    (University of Cyprus)

  • Hoy, Michael

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    (University of Guelph)

  • Yang, Ling

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    (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Abstract

The decision to attend university is influenced by the balance of the expected returns and costs of attending university, by liquidity constraints and capital market imperfections that may modify these calculations and, hence, by the family income of prospective students. Family circumstances also play a role. We examine the secular increase in the propensity of children from Canadian families, evident in annual surveys spanning two and a half decades, to attend university. We quantify the importance of these factors taking account of the greater propensity by young women than men to attend university and controlling for secular trends in socioeconomic norms that impinge on these decisions.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3805.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Publication status: published as "Participation in Canadian Universitites: The Gender Imbalance (1977-2005)" in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29(3), 400-410
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3805

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Keywords: societal trends; gender; income; parental education; university premium; university participation; tuition;

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  1. Carlos Vieira & Isabel Vieira, 2011. "Determinants and projections of demand for higher education in Portugal," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2011_15, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).

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