This paper aims to replicate analysis conducted by Chowdry et al. (2013) which considers the determinants of participation in higher education (HE) in England. Using linked individual level data, for both participants and non-participants in HE, Chowdry et al. track 2 cohorts of young people from age 11 through to age 20. They demonstrate that pupils from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are much less likely to participate in HE, than pupils from higher SES backgrounds. However, they also show that this difference does not emerge at the point of entry to HE, rather it is that lower SES pupils do not achieve as highly as higher SES pupils throughout education and subsequently do not have the same options available to them.
Higher Education, HE