Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86463
Authors: 
Sá, Carla
Florax, Raymond J.G.M.
Rietveld, Piet
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 04-061/3
Abstract: 
This paper identifies pivotal factors behind individual decision-making in the transition from high school to post-secondary education in the Netherlands. We apply a multinomial logit framework to individual data on post-secondary education choices. Specifically, our modeling approach accommodates two types of effects that have not received ample attention in the literature. First, we include information regarding the geographical accessibility of the higher education system. Second, we allow the individual observations to be correlated within schools in order to account for localized social interactions. Our results confirm the paramount influence of the student’s track record and talent. The results, however, also show that geographical proximity to universities or professional colleges significantly increases the probability of high school leavers continuing their education at the post-secondary level.
Subjects: 
high school graduates
higher education
social interaction
geographical accessibility
JEL: 
C25
I21
R10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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