WHY POORER STUDENTS ARE LESS LIKELY TO GO TO UNIVERSITY: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR AUSTRALIA WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY

Grant number: DP0662909

Abstract

This project will improve our understanding of the factors that lead to the under-representation of low income students in universities in Australia and other countries. The focus of the analysis will be the impact of a student's family and household environment and innate ability on their school performance, an essential pre-requisite for university admission, together with the costs of university education. Identifying the relative importance of these factors in determining educational success will enable families, schools, universities and educational policy-makers to improve opportunities for high ability students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. This will in turn enhance economic gro..

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