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Who Goes to College? Features of Institutional Tracking in Japanese Higher Education


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  • Ono, Hiroshi

    (Texas A&M University)


Features of institutional tracking play a key role in shaping an individualfs access to and advancement through higher education in Japan. This paper brings institutional tracking features to the foreground and examines the process by which individuals advance from middle school to high school, and ultimately to college. The analysis also accounts for social origin effects, thereby allowing us to re-examine claims of meritocracy in conjunction with institutional tracking effects. I find support for a tournament-like mobility of individuals in the system of higher education in Japan, where those who move down donft move up again. My research also finds strong evidence that social origin matters, and that institutional tracking affects men and women in different ways.

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Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 95.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2000
Date of revision: 20 Apr 2001
Publication status: Published in American Journal of Education, 2001, pages 161-195.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0095

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Keywords: institutional tracking; tournament mobility; higher education;

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  1. King, C. Judson & Douglass, John Aubrey & Feller, Irwin, 2007. "The Crisis of the Publics: An International Comparative Discussion on Higher Education Reforms and Possible Implications for US Public Universities," University of California at Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education qt0028f6pp, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.


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