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The University Gender Gap in Australia: A Long-run Perspective

Booth, Alison L and Kee, Hiau Joo (2009) The University Gender Gap in Australia: A Long-run Perspective. Working Paper. Australian National University, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Discussion Papers.

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According to the 1911 Census, the proportion female of those receiving university education was around 22%, growing to 29% in 1921. By 1952 it had dropped to under 20%, due to easy access into universities for returning war-veterans. From the early 1950s, the university-educated gender gap began to reduce in response to women's changing expectations of labour-force participation, fertility and age at first marriage. By 1987, Australian women were more likely than men to be enrolled at university. However, these aggregate figures disguise considerable heterogeneity across fields of study.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; gender; Australia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 17:46
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 17:46

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