Does distance determine who is in higher education?

We assessed the effect of distance to higher education institutions on education enrolment. Furthermore, we analysed how parental education and geographic region affect the relationship between distance and enrolment. We employed Danish administrative data of high school students from 2006–2013 and found no relationship between distance and the decision to enrol in higher education, when controlling for individual and parental characteristics. However, the results did suggest a small negative association between distance and enrolment among students in cases where neither of their parents completed a higher education. However, this only applied in Central Jutland Region and Southern Denmark Region.

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