Family Income and Participation in Post-Secondary Education
AbstractThe relationship between family income and post-secondary participation is studied in order to determine the extent to which higher education in Canada has increasingly become the domain of students from well-to-do families. An analysis of two separate data sets suggests that individuals from higher income families are much more likely to attend university, but this has been a long-standing tendency and the participation gap between students from the highest and lowest income families has in fact narrowed. The relationship between family income and post-secondary participation did become stronger during the early to mid 1990s, but weakened thereafter. This pattern reflects the fact that policy changes increasing the maximum amount of a student loan as well as increases in other forms of support occurred only after tuition fees had already started increasing.
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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2004
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Publication status: published in: Charles Beach, Robin Boadway and Marvin McInnis (eds.), Higher Education in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005
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Other versions of this item:
- Zhao, John & Lipps, Garth & Corak, Miles, 2003. "Family Income and Participation in Post-secondary Education," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2003210e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2004-07-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2004-07-04 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2004-01-25 (Labour Economics)
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