Household characteristics of higher education participants

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Title: Household characteristics of higher education participants
Authors: Ryan, Martin
McCarthy, Siobhan
Newman, Carol
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1929
Date: 3-Jul-2007
Abstract: 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.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Keywords: Higher education;Human capital;Credit constraints
Subject LCSH: Education, Higher--Ireland
Education, Higher--Economic aspects
Student aid--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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