Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91671
Authors: 
Rampino, Tina
Taylor, Mark
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2012-26
Abstract: 
We use data from the youth component of the British Household Panel Survey to examine how educational attitudes and aspirations among 11-15 year olds vary across the business cycle. We find that the impact of the local unemployment rate on children's attitudes and aspirations varies significantly with parental education level and parental attitudes to education - children from highly educated families react more positively to low labour demand those from less educated families. Therefore the aspirations of children from low socioeconomic status backgrounds are more adversely affected by recessions than those from higher status backgrounds, representing a barrier to social mobility for a generation.
Subjects: 
educational attitudes
aspirations
business cycle
panel data
BHPS
UKHLS
JEL: 
C23
I24
J13
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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