Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58529
Authors: 
Meschi, Elena
Swaffield, Joanna
Vignoles, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6143
Abstract: 
This paper assesses the relative importance of local labour market conditions and pupil educational attainment as primary determinants of the post-compulsory schooling decision. Using a nested logit model we formally incorporate the structured and sequential decision process pupils engage with. Our findings show that, on average, the key drivers of the schooling decision are pupil educational attainment and parental aspirations rather than local labour market conditions. However, there is some evidence that higher local unemployment rates encourage males to invest in education, and that interactions with educational attainment suggest local labour market conditions impact heterogeneously across the pupil population.
Subjects: 
post-compulsory education
local labour markets
parental aspirations
educational attainment
nested logit
JEL: 
I21
J18
J24
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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