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Family Background and University Success: Differences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England

Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright, and Anna Vignoles

Abstract

This book analyses why far fewer teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds go to university than do young people from better-off families, and how success after entering higher education also varies by family background. It draws on rigorous quantitative research based on a wealth of data from administrative records of the school and university system in England. Results are presented in clear, easy-to-read graphs. Chapter 1 sets the scene, documenting the magnitude of the socio-economic gaps of interest, why they matter, and what the book offers. Chapter 2 asks why governments fund higher educ ... More

Keywords: Family background, university entry, drop-out, degree class, labour market, tuition fees, income contingent loans, higher education, widening participation, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689132
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Crawford, author
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

Lorraine Dearden, author
Professor of Economics and Social Statistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

John Micklewright, author
Professor Emeritus of Economics and Social Statistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

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