The "Gap Year" in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes
Curtis, David D
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Copyright © 2014 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
I report on the incidence of gap-taking-a year between secondary school and university-and find it has increased from about 10 per cent to almost 25 per cent of recent school-leaver university entrants. Gap-takers have lower school achievement scores than direct entrants. Non-metropolitan students are much more likely to take a gap year. I investigate evidence that gap-takers work in order to access the Youth Allowance benefit. Finally, I compare the course and career progression of gap-takers and non-gappers.
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Curtis, D. D. (2014), The "Gap Year" in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes. Australian Economic Review, 47: 107-114.