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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
Corak, Miles.; Lipps, Garth; Zhoa, John
Family income and participation in post-secondary education
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Analytic studies working paper series
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11F0019MIE, No 210
Presented earlier at John Deutsch Institute Conference on Higher Education in Canada, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, February 15, 2004 . Also published as IZA Discussion Paper No. 977, IZA Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn, Germany, January 2004
Notes that 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. Analyses two separate data sets which suggest that individuals from higher income families are much more likely to attend university, however, this has been a long-standing tendency and the participation gap between students from the highest and lowest incoke families has in fact narrowed. Concludes that the relationship between family income and post-secondary participation did become stronger during the early to mid 1990s, but weakened thereafter, and that 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 occured only after tuition fees had already started increasing.....