Too Far to Go? Does Distance Determine Study Choices?

23 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011

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Stefan Denzler

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

A number of studies have long shown that the probability of studying at university is influenced by the distance to the next university. This study shows for the first time that distance to university also influences the choice of subject/faculty and institution. Moreover, these findings are important because the distance effect in terms of these decisions is associated with significantly less risk of endogeneity than the effect in the analysis of the willingness and ambition to attend university. The results also show that distance does not influence study choices among students from the highest socioeconomic group, a finding that further indicates that distance to university is an expression of differences in the cost of a university education.

Keywords: university choice, subject choice, distance-to-university, Switzerland

JEL Classification: I21, I23, R10

Suggested Citation

Denzler, Stefan and Wolter, Stefan C., Too Far to Go? Does Distance Determine Study Choices?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5712. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849467

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Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) ( email )

CH - 5000 Aarau
Switzerland
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+41 62 835 23 99 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.skbf-csre.ch

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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