How can we explain the enrollment trends in Catalan university?

Helena Troiano, Dani Torrents

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© 2018 Federacion Espanola de Sociologia. All rights reserved. This contribution to the debate about crisis effects is focused on the university access issue, in particular is centered on the Catalan university. Using data provided by the Oficina de Pre-inscripció Universitaria (CIC-OPU) we analyze the evolution of the entrance to university over three periods of time: before the crisis, during the first part of the crisis (2008-2011), and throughout the second part (2011-2014), where there was a slight improvement of the young labor market and an important rise in university fees. In the first part we find a raise increment in university enrolment, thus giving support to the opportunity cost hypothesis. In the second period, we observe a decrease for some specific student profiles. Finally we give some examples of the strategies students build in order to enrol into univeristy, in order to interpret last period trends.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
JournalRevista Espanola de Sociologia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Crisis
  • Enrolment
  • Higher education
  • Opportunity cost
  • University
  • University enrollment


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