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Factors Affecting Participation In Post-Compulsory Education Conference

Friday 19th March 2004, 2.30-5.30pm

Venue: Centre for Economic Performance

Conference room R405, 4th Floor, 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD

This conference is the second in a new series of six conferences on the economics of education, again funded by the ESRC. The topic of this conference will be factors affecting participation in post-compulsory education.

Pedro Carneiro (University College London) on Credit Constraints, Ability and Access to Higher Education.

Patricia Rice (Southampton University) will focus on participation immediately following the completion of compulsory schooling in the UK. She will use Youth Cohort Study data to examine regional differences in participation rates, focusing in particular on the ability of Local Education Authority level factors such as average expenditures and pupil-teacher ratios to explain such differences.
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Jo Blanden (Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics) will consider to what extent family background characteristics, in particular family income, can explain the decision to participate in post-compulsory education. The two participation decisions considered by the previous presentations, namely at age 16 in post-compulsory education and university attendance, are both considered in this paper, allowing family income to have differential impacts on the two decisions.
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