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The impact of distance to nearest education institution on the post-compulsory education participation decision

Dickerson, A. and McIntosh, S. (2010) The impact of distance to nearest education institution on the post-compulsory education participation decision. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368

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Abstract

This paper uses data sources with the unique capacity to measure distances between home addresses and education institutions, to investigate, for the first time, the effect that such distance has on an individual´s post–compulsory education participation decision. The results show that there is no overall net effect. However, when attention is focussed on young people who are on the margin of participating in post–compulsory education (according to their prior attainment and family background) and when post–compulsory education is distinguished by whether it leads to academic or vocational qualifications, then greater distance to nearest education institution is seen to have a significant impact on the decision to continue in full–time post–compulsory education. This finding has relevance for education participation in rural areas relative to urban areas.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: post–compulsory education participation, travel distance
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 17:08
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 11:32
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2010007
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10709

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