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Tuition fees and equality of university enrolment

Michael Coelli ()

Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, 2009, vol. 42, issue 3, 1072-1099

Abstract: Abstract The relationship between tuition fee changes and the university enrolment of youth by parental income group in Canada is investigated. Comparisons between youth from Canadian provinces that increased tuition fees sharply in the 1990s and youth from provinces that instituted fee freezes were integral to identifying the relationship. Tuition fee increases coincided with reductions in the university enrolment of low‐income youth, but with significantly smaller changes in the university enrolment of other youth. The relationships between government funding of universities and cohort size and university enrolments are also analyzed. On examine la relation entre les changements dans les frais de scolarité et l'inscription à l'université des jeunes selon la catégorie de revenus des parents au Canada. Les comparaisons entre les jeunes des provinces canadiennes qui ont fortement augmenté les frais de scolarité dans les années 90, et les jeunes des provinces qui ont gelé les frais de scolarité sont au cœur de cette relation. Les accroissements de frais de scolarité coincident avec des réductions dans les inscriptions à l'université pour les jeunes dont les revenus parentaux sont bas, mais ces réductions sont significativement plus faibles pour les autres jeunes. On analyse aussi les relations entre le financement gouvernemental des universités, la taille des cohortes et les inscriptions à l'université.

Date: 2009
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