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

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  • Christofides, Louis N.

    (University of Cyprus)

  • Hoy, Michael

    (University of Guelph)

  • Yang, Ling

    (Wilfrid Laurier University)

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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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  • Christofides, Louis N. & Hoy, Michael & Yang, Ling, 2008. "The Determinants of University Participation in Canada (1977?2003)," IZA Discussion Papers 3805, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    societal trends; gender; income; parental education; university premium; university participation; tuition;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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