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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Returns to Education for those Returning to Education: Evidence from Australia
Authors: Watson, Louise 
Chesters, Jenny 
Publication Date: 22-Apr-2014
Keywords: mature-age students
Abstract: There is widespread support for expanding access to universities for under-represented groups, such as students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and older students, because of the higher rates of return to university degrees. This study examines whether this assumption holds true for mature-aged graduates who have received their degrees in an era of mass participation. Using data from Australia, where around quarter of university students are now over 25 years of age, we compare the returns to higher education of mature-aged and younger students between 2001 and 2009. We find that mature-aged students are more likely to reside in less-advantaged areas and to be the first person in their family to attend university but are less likely to be employed in the year before graduation, compared to younger students. However in the year after graduation, employment status and earnings do not differ significantly for graduates regardless of their age at graduation
Conference: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference
Conference location: Celtic Manor, Wales, UK
Keywords: Education and Training -- Tertiary; Education and Training; Employment
Research collection: Conference Presentations
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