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University access for disadvantaged children: A comparison across English speaking countries

This Department of Quantitative Social Science Working Paper compares widening access policies in England, Canada, Australia and the United States and considers whether certain countries are particularly adept (or particularly poor) at getting children from disadvantaged homes to study for a bachelor's degree.

A series of university access models are estimated for four English speaking countries (England, Canada, Australia and the United States), which include controls for comparable measures of academic achievement at age 15. The paper not only considers access to any university but also admission to a 'selective' institution.

Results suggest that socio-economic differences in university access are more pronounced in England and Canada than in Australia and the United States, and that cross-national variation in the socio-economic gap remains even once differences in academic achievement are taken into account. The paper then discusses the implications of the findings for the creation of more socially mobile societies.

Author(s): John Jerrim, Anna Vignoles and Ross Finnie

Other Publishers: Department of Quantitative Social Science, Institute of Education, University of London

Production date: 2012

How to obtain: Download University access for disadvantaged children: A comparison across English speaking countries

Communities: Diversity

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners

Format: Web


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Tags: USA australia Canada England university access educational inequality social mobility PISA widening access widening participation

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