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School Quality and Staying-On in Northern Ireland - Resources, Peer Groups and Ethos

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  • Duncan McVicar

    (Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)

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The paper examines career choice at age 16 in Northern Ireland using micro data for young people completing compulsory education in 1993. Explanatory variables include resourcerelated school characteristics, ethos-related characteristics and peer-group factors. The results suggest resources, ethos and peer group effects all play a significant role in career choice at age 16. Some of these factors, including pupil/teacher ratios, act in opposite directions on the probability of entry into Further Education College and of staying-on at school, suggesting studies of school quality on choice at age 16 should disaggregate post-compulsory education where possible.

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Article provided by Economic and Social Studies in its journal Economic and Social Review.

Volume (Year): 32 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 131-151

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Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:32:y:2001:i:2:p:131-151

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  1. Fertig, Michael, 2003. "Educational Production, Endogenous Peer Group Formation and Class Composition - Evidence from the PISA 2000 Study," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 76, Royal Economic Society.
  2. Michael Fertig, 2002. "Educational Production, Endogenous Peer Group Formation and Class Composition – Evidence From the PISA 2000 Study," RWI Discussion Papers 0002, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.

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