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Title: Who gained from the introduction of free universal secondary education in England and Wales?
Authors: Hart, Robert A
Moro, Mirko
Roberts, J Elizabeth
Contact Email: mirko.moro@stir.ac.uk
Citation: Hart RA, Moro M & Roberts JE (2015) Who gained from the introduction of free universal secondary education in England and Wales?. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2015-02.
Keywords: 1944 Education Act
free secondary education
family background
school qualifications
JEL Code(s): I21
I24
I28
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2015-02
Abstract: This paper investigates the introduction of free universal secondary education in England and Wales in 1944. It focuses on its effects in relation to a prime long-term goal of pre-war Boards of Education. This was to open secondary school education to children of all social backgrounds on equal terms. Adopting a difference-in-difference estimation approach, we do not find any evidence that boys and girls from less well-off home backgrounds displayed improved chances of attending selective secondary schools. Nor, for the most part, did they show increased probabilities of gaining formal school qualifications. One possible exception in this latter respect relates to boys with unskilled fathers.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22616
Affiliation: Economics
Economics
Economics

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