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Student recruitment needs culture classes

In a Times Higher Education piece co-authors Arthur Sweetman of McMaster's Department of Economics, Ross Finne and Richard Mueller look at cultural factors as barriers to increased university access in Canada.

Jul 27, 2017

A widely held belief in Canada, as in many countries, is that expanding access to tertiary education is integral to improving national productivity. It also plays into the Canadian sense of equality of opportunity and the just society.

In addition, Canada is not alone in beginning to experience a decreasing labour force participation rate as the baby boomer generation enters retirement. Even the country’s large immigration flows are not sufficient to compensate for the labour force shrinkage. This puts additional pressure on productivity; across the 20 largest members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, this would need to increase at an average of 0.4 per cent per year to offset the loss of gross domestic product per capita.

Find the full article at the Times Higher Education website.