The ‘Gap Year’ in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes

David Curtis

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-114
    Number of pages8
    JournalThe Australian Economic Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


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