Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71337
Authors: 
Denny, Kevin
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 10/17
Abstract: 
University tuition fees for undergraduates were abolished in Ireland in 1996. This paper examines the effect of this reform on the socioeconomic gradient (SES) to determine whether the reform was successful in achieving its objective of promoting educational equality. It finds that the reform clearly did not have that effect. It is also shown that the university/SES gradient can be explained by differential performance at second level which also explains the gap between the sexes. Students from white collar backgrounds do significantly better in their final second level exams than the children of blue-collar workers. The results are very similar to recent findings for the UK. I also find that certain demographic characteristics have large negative effects on school performance i.e. having a disabled or deceased parent. The results show that the effect of SES on school performance is generally stronger for those at the lower end of the conditional distribution of academic attainment.
Subjects: 
Tuition costs
University
Fees
Socio-economic background
Educational attainment
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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