Marie Duru-Bellat, Annick Kieffer, David Reimer
Patterns of Social Inequalities in Access to Higher Education in France and Germany

International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 2008: 49, Heft 4-5, S. 347-368

This article explores social selectivity in access to tertiary education in France and Germany in the period from 1980 to 2000. Results of multinomial logistic regression models show that access to different postsecondary institutions is characterized by marked social background effects in both countries. Depending on the type of tertiary institution we consider in France or Germany, social selectivity into fields of study is also observed. Overall, there is no indication for substantial changes in the pattern of inequality in access to tertiary education in either country during the past two decades.