The impact of living costs on the returns to higher education


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This research uses the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset to estimate the impact of living costs on the earnings returns to different undergraduate degrees at age 27. The research investigated how adjusting for differences in living costs based on individuals' area of residence affects estimates of the returns to different universities and subjects. Newly linked data on area of residence in early adulthood is used to explore where graduates live during this period of their lives and estimate how returns to higher education change once gross earnings are adjusted for...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Qualifications; Income; Outcomes

Keywords: Graduates; Geographic distribution; Return on education and training; Longitudinal data; University; Institutional role; Career choice; Standard of living; Cost

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Manchester, England: Department for Education, 2021

Physical description: 22 p. (report) + 1 Excel spreadsheet

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ISBN: 9781838702786

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 146.824

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