Family Income and Participation in Post-Secondary Education

60 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2004

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Garth Lipps

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch

John Zhao

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch

Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

The relationship between family income and post-secondary participation is studied in order to determine the extent to which higher education in Canada has increasingly become the domain of students from well-to-do families. An analysis of two separate data sets suggests that individuals from higher income families are much more likely to attend university, but this has been a long-standing tendency and the participation gap between students from the highest and lowest income families has in fact narrowed. The relationship between family income and post-secondary participation did become stronger during the early to mid 1990s, but weakened thereafter. This pattern reflects the fact that policy changes increasing the maximum amount of a student loan as well as increases in other forms of support occurred only after tuition fees had already started increasing.

Keywords: university, educational finance, intergenerational mobility

JEL Classification: I2, J62

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles and Lipps, Garth and Zhao, John, Family Income and Participation in Post-Secondary Education (January 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=491484 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.491484

Miles Corak (Contact Author)

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Garth Lipps

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John Zhao

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch ( email )

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Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
Canada

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