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Determined to Succeed?Performance versus Choice in Educational Attainment$
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Michelle Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783026

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783026.001.0001

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How Is Inequality of Educational Opportunity Generated? The Case for Primary and Secondary Effects

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Determined to Succeed?

Michelle Jackson

Stanford University Press

This chapter contends that social-background inequalities in educational attainment may be seen as the consequence of social-background inequalities in both educational performance and the propensity to make educational transitions conditional on educational performance. It notes that both primary and secondary effects operate to create inequalities in educational attainment, and also describes inequality in educational opportunity (IEO) and the utility of primary and secondary effects.

Keywords:   social-background inequalities, educational attainment, educational performance, IEO

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