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

By A. Dickerson and S. McIntosh

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.\u

Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:10709

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