|Sector:||Economics of Education | Education|
|Client:||The Open University, Birkbeck University and London South Bank University|
|Published:||13 September, 2017|
|Document type:||LE publication|
|Tagged:||2017 analysis of economic developments economics of education education quantitative analysis England|
There has been a substantial fall in the number of part-time students enrolled in higher education over the past decade, with the decline being particularly apparent amongst English higher education providers. In contrast, the number of full-time student enrolments has been on an upward trend. In parallel, the wider economy has seen both a deep recession and, more recently, a limited recovery. This report combines theoretical and empirical analysis to better understand whether the wider macro-economy impacts higher education enrolment; which students might be most or least affected by economic trends (and how?); and whether there may be other factors impacting the decline in part-time enrolment. The full paper is available through the link above.