Widening Participation in Higher Education: Analysis Using Linked Administrative Data

32 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2010

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Haroon Chowdry

Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute for Financial Studies

Claire Crawford

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Lorraine Dearden

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Alissa Goodman

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Anna F. Vignoles

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Abstract

This paper makes use of newly linked administrative data to better understand the determinants of higher education participation amongst individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is unique in being able to follow two cohorts of students in England ヨ those who took GCSEs in 2001-02 and 2002-03 ヨ from age 11 to age 20. The findings suggest that while there remain large raw gaps in HE participation (and participation at high-status universities) by socio-economic status, these differences are substantially reduced once controls for prior attainment are included. Moreover, these findings hold for both state and private school students. This suggests that poor attainment in secondary schools is more important in explaining lower HE participation rates amongst students from disadvantaged backgrounds than barriers arising at the point of entry into HE. These findings highlight the need for earlier policy intervention to raise HE participation rates amongst disadvantaged youth.

Keywords: widening participation, socio-economic gap, higher education

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Chowdry, Haroon and Crawford, Claire and Dearden, Lorraine and Goodman, Alissa T. and Vignoles, Anna F., Widening Participation in Higher Education: Analysis Using Linked Administrative Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4991, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1631126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1631126

Haroon Chowdry (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute for Financial Studies ( email )

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Claire Crawford

Institute for Fiscal Studies ( email )

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London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Lorraine Dearden

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Alissa T. Goodman

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Anna F. Vignoles

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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