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Teenagers' expectations of applying to university: how do they change?

Jake Anders () and John Micklewright ()

No 13-13, DoQSS Working Papers from Quantitative Social Science - UCL Social Research Institute, University College London

Abstract: We show how young people's expectations about application to university change during the teenage years, drawing on the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). We reveal the pattern of change by family background (measured by parental education and family income), prior attainment at the end of primary school (measured by Key Stage 2 tests) and, critically, the combination of the two. We document the relationship between expectations about university application and the decision on whether to stay on in full-time education at 16. We point to the importance of schools in sustaining or changing expectations. We relate the expectations reported by the teenagers in LSYPE to their actual university application decisions by age 20 or 21. Expectations are high but not universally high. Family background gaps in expectations widen during the teenage years.

Keywords: expectations; university application; family background; LSYPE (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D84 I23 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-10-16
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