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Getting to the Ivy League: How Family Composition Affects College Choice

Dean Lillard and Jennifer Gerner
The Journal of Higher Education
Vol. 70, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1999), pp. 706-730
DOI: 10.2307/2649172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2649172
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

We empirically investigated the correlation between the probability of application, admission, and attendance at a four-year college and the marital status of a student's parents when this student was in high school. We also investigated the relationship between marital status and the quality of the institution attended, as measured by commonly used indices.

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