Parental income stronger determinant of PSE attendance in US than in Canada

February 10, 2011

New research from the University of Western Ontario observes that parental income is a much stronger determinant of PSE attendance in the US than in Canada. Accounting for differences in family background and adolescent cognitive achievement scores, PSE attendance rates in the US are almost 20 percentage point higher among youth from the top family income quartile compared to the bottom quartile. In Canada, the same income/attendance gap is only 8 percentage points. The research shows the US offers more financial support to lower-income families compared to Canada, while the latter is more generous among middle-income families. New research commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario explores the influence of parental education and income on PSE attendance in Canada. UWO News Release | Read the policy brief