Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147877
Authors: 
Jaik, Katharina
Wolter, Stefan C.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10191
Abstract: 
The transition from compulsory schooling to upper-secondary education is a crucial and frequently difficult step in the educational career of young people. In this study, we analyze the impact of one non-cognitive skill, locus of control, on the intention and the decision to delay the transition into post-compulsory education in Switzerland. We find that locus of control, measured at ages 13–14, has a significant impact on the intention to delay the transition into upper-secondary education. Furthermore, we find that the intention to delay the transition is strongly correlated with the actual delay, measured one and a half years after the intention. Finally, students with the initial intention to delay but successfully continuing into upper-secondary education show a stronger internal locus of control than comparable students who do delay their transition.
Subjects: 
locus of control
school-to-school transition
school-to-work transition
JEL: 
I21
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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