Unequal Access to Higher Education in the Czech Republic: The Role of Spatial Distribution of Universities

CERGE-EI Working Paper No. 350

61 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2008 Last revised: 10 Nov 2016

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Martin Guzi

Masaryk University; Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Michal Franta

Charles University, Prague; Czech National Bank (CNB)

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Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

The Czech Republic exhibits high geographical variation of both human capital and universities. We examine a potential source of human capital spatial disparities: the unequal access to tertiary education caused by the absence/presence of a local university. We model both a secondary school graduate's decision whether to apply to a university and a university's decision about admission. Two possible sources of unequal access to university study are distinguished: cost savings and informational advantages for those residing close to a university. Estimation results suggest that the local neighborhood having a highly educated population, rather than the presence of a university per se, has a positive effect on a secondary school graduate's decision to apply. Moreover, we find that heterogenous information plays a significant role in admission to university.

Keywords: human capital, spatial distribution, access to tertiary education

JEL Classification: I20, I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Guzi, Martin and Franta, Michal, Unequal Access to Higher Education in the Czech Republic: The Role of Spatial Distribution of Universities (March 1, 2008). CERGE-EI Working Paper No. 350. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1113784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1113784

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