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Continuing Education: A Family Matter?

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  • Vincent Lignon

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‪Is there a statistical relationship between changes in family status and access to continuing education? This article attempts to answer this question based on an empirical analysis of ‪ ‪Emploi en continu‪ ‪ (Continuous Employment) surveys conducted in France from 2003 to 2012. While the results show that for women childbirth is associated with a decrease in the likelihood of continuing education, they also suggest that children’s entry into the school system provides an opportunity for better educated people to participate more in company training. The formation and break-up of couples are also associated with gender inequalities in access to education: the break-up of a couple is negatively correlated with the probability of attending company training, especially for women who have custody of their children. For education offered by an employment agency, mostly aimed at the unemployed, it seems that what matters most is less the distribution of child custody than the employment status of the partners at the time of the break-up.‪

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  • Vincent Lignon, 2017. "Continuing Education: A Family Matter?," Travail et Emploi, La Documentation Française, vol. 0(5), pages 127-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:teeldc:te_hs03_0127
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