Economic Analysis of Demand for Distance Education in Canada
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Distance education has become important element since the invention of the computer and internet technologies. This advancement has expanded the access for higher education, which now includes increasing numbers of non-traditional part-time learners. However, past research has focused mainly on traditional education. As distance education come of age, it has become the focus of current research. This study uses the Life Cycle hypothesis to examine historical demand trends & econometric models to examine factors influencing demand for distance education in Canada at both macro/micro levels. The preliminary empirical results indicate that price, disposable income, marketing and online courses/University Participation Rates are significant determinants of the demand for distance education in Canada.