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Ethnicity and degree attainment


  • Broecke, Stijn
  • Nicholls, Tom


In this paper, we investigate the low degree attainment of ethnic minority students in higher education in England. Using a partial proportional odds model and data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency for qualifiers who started their course of study in 2002/03, we find that even after controlling for the majority of factors which we would expect to have an impact on attainment, being from a minority ethnic community is still statistically significant in explaining final attainment, although the gap has been significantly reduced.

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  • Broecke, Stijn & Nicholls, Tom, 2007. "Ethnicity and degree attainment," MPRA Paper 35284, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:35284

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    Ethnicity; Higher Education; Attainment;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education


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