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Factors influencing participation in post-secondary education and training ion Australia: 1989 to 1997

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  • Sandra Roussel


    (Department of Education, Science and Training)

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    General recognition of the benefits that skills provide to the individual, the firm and the economy has translated into the increased importance of education and training, as well as higher postsecondary education participation rates. However, participation in education and training is unevenly distributed over the population. In particular, individuals with weak foundation skills are the least likely to participate in education and training, which compounds their disadvantage in the labour market. This paper aims to identify who gets training and who does not. An individual’s demographic, socio-economic and labour market characteristics are assessed with respect to their influence on educational and training participation outcomes. Unit record data from Australian Bureau of Statistics household surveys of education and training are used in the analysis. Our results point not only to diverse forms of participation but also to the differential impact of socioeconomic, demographic and labour market factors (including age, income, occupation, and employment status) on access to post-secondary education and training.

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    Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 77-100

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    Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:5:y:2002:i:1:p:77-100
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