The influence of local higher education provision on study choice

Denzler, Stefan; Wolter, Stefan Cornelis (2010). The influence of local higher education provision on study choice. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 13(4), pp. 683-706. VS-Verlag 10.1007/s11618-010-0143-6

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Various studies show that local higher education provision and the distance to the nearest university effect study behavior. The probability of university participation increases with the geographical proximity of an institution of higher education. In this study we extend the question to the choice of subject of study and the specific institution using a human capital approach with reference to the ETH Zurich, Lucerne University and teacher training colleges. On the basis of a representative survey of holders (n = 1454) of the higher education entrance qualification in German-language Switzerland, we show through regression analysis that the distance to the nearest university also has an effect on choice of subject and institution. The results are of policy relevance because they indicate a provision-induced study demand. Furthermore, they show that study behavior is not influenced by distance for students with a high socio-economic status. This can be understood as an indication that the importance of the proximity of a university is actually founded in the difference in study costs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Wolter, Stefan Cornelis

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1434-663X

Publisher:

VS-Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2020 08:20

Last Modified:

29 Sep 2020 15:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11618-010-0143-6

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.118143

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/118143

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