Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35745
Authors: 
Christofides, Louis N.
Hoy, Michael
Yang, Ling
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3805
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
University participation
parental education
university premium
gender
tuition
income
societal trends
JEL: 
I21
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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