Mature Female Entrants to Higher Education: Matching Theory, Empirical Analysis and Policy
Nick Adnett () and
Working Papers from Staffordshire University, Business School
Little is known about the social and private returns to graduation for mature students in the U K. However, the post-Dearing changes in the funding of higher education have initially been associated with a significant fall in applications from this group of entrants. This paper, by providing an economic assessment of mature female entrants to higher education, allows a preliminary evaluation of those funding changes. It critically appraises the limited empirical work in this area, identifying fundamental methodological weaknesses. The assessment addresses the issue of re-entry into employment and relates mature females' entry into HE to the wider i ssue of gender inequality in the labour market. It concludes that a case can be made for continued additional subsidies targeted at this group of entrants.
Keywords: Access; Higher education entrants; Female re-entrants; Gender inequality. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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