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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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Social-Origin Inequalities in Educational Careers in Italy

Social-Origin Inequalities in Educational Careers in Italy

Performance or Decision Effects?

(p.149) Chapter Six Social-Origin Inequalities in Educational Careers in Italy
Determined to Succeed?

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Andrea Scagni

Stanford University Press

This chapter, which uses statistical techniques to deal with sample-selection problems in order to determine the relative importance of primary and secondary effects in creating inequalities in Italy, considers the influence of parental class and education in creating inequalities in the transitions to upper secondary and tertiary education. It finds that there are very large inequalities related to social background, at both the level of upper secondary and tertiary education. Only a minority of children from the lowest backgrounds enroll in the academic track. Although all upper secondary school degrees provide access to university, completion of the academic track is a strong predictor of tertiary-education enrollment. Therefore, inequality at early stages of the school career carries over to university participation.

Keywords:   sample selection problems, statistical techniques, Italian education, Italian inequalities, school transition, parental education

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