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Competition for University Places and Parental Time Investments: Evidence From the United Kingdom

Borra, C; Sevilla, AS; (2019) Competition for University Places and Parental Time Investments: Evidence From the United Kingdom. Economic Inquiry , 57 (3) pp. 1460-1479. 10.1111/ecin.12761. Green open access

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Abstract

Across the industrialized world college‐educated parents invest more time in their children relative to noncollege‐educated parents. Yet, the reason for the education gradient in parental time investments is not well understood. Using 24‐hour diary surveys since the 1970s we document an inverse U‐shape in the education gradient in the United Kingdom. Theories unfolding gradually and monotonically cannot easily explain this pattern. Using an exogenous increase in the number of students going on to university in the 1980s, we show that an alternative explanation based on competition for university places can explain the temporal and spatial variation in the education gradient. (JEL J13, J24)

Type: Article
Title: Competition for University Places and Parental Time Investments: Evidence From the United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12761
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12761
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063652
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