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Household Characteristics of Higher Education Participants

  • Martin Ryan

    (Geary Institute, University College Dublin & Faculty of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2)

  • Siobhan McCarthy

    (Faculty of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2)

  • Carol Newman

    (Department of Economics, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2)

The aim of this paper is to analyse the characteristics of Irish households that have a member participating in higher education, using surveys of Irish households collected in 1994-95 and 1999-2000. The results do not show a significant effect of income; this is notable, especially alongside the strong result that longer-term factors such as household wealth and cultural capital have a significant effect. This lends support to the argument proposed by Heckman (2000) that family income is only important over the entire educational investment cycle of a child. However, the importance of grant eligibility is a notable result, which suggests that short-term financial constraints cannot be dismissed. A combination of suitably beneficial short-term and long-term factors may be important for encouraging participation in higher education.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 03 Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200702
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