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Better qualified but a lower acceptance rate: does Higher Education discriminate against women?

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  • Leslie, Derek

    (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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Using a sample of around 2.3 million observations on applications to UK Higher Education institutions from 1996-2001, the paper explores whether the selection process into Higher Education is discriminatory. The answer is no discrimination, even though women are better qualified and less likely to be offered an HE place. The lower tier Higher National Diploma sector is a key issue because women are less likely to undertake these courses, which are `male orientated'. The policy conclusion is that to encourage less well-qualified females to undertake Higher Education, more appropriate provision is necessary that recognizes the reality of subject gender segregation.

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  • Leslie, Derek, 2003. "Better qualified but a lower acceptance rate: does Higher Education discriminate against women?," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 138, Royal Economic Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2003:138
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    gender; discrimination; Higher Education;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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