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The Importance of Cultural and Economic Influences Behind the Decision to Attend Higher Education

Bowden, Mark P and Doughney, James (2012) The Importance of Cultural and Economic Influences Behind the Decision to Attend Higher Education. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41 (1). pp. 95-103. ISSN 1053-5357

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between economic and cultural variables and the decision to attend university. We find that a student is more likely to aspire to attend university if: they have the Internet at home; are encouraged by their teachers; or attend a Catholic or independent school rather than a public school. Our analysis also suggests that the level of parent support is important (with a marginal effect larger than that for teacher encouragement) and this level of support may be linked to the parent's level of educational attainment. Importantly, we find that including cultural and economic variables in a model of students’ aspirations significantly increases the power to predict when a student does not aspire to attend university.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24242, ResPubID25470, educational economics, demand for schooling, socio-economic status, ethnic background, cultural and social norms
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 01:26
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 03:56
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9370
DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.10.003
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