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Do Parents Risk Aversion and Wealth Explalin Secondary School Choice?

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  • Marco Leonardi

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Using data in which individual risk aversion is measured from answers to a lottery question, I investigate if (and to what extent) parents’ risk aversion and wealth can explain secondary schooling choices of young Italians. The question is relevant because the type of secondary school is likely to affect accession to college and the future performance in the labor market. I find that risk aversion has no effect on the choice of secondary school while family wealth is significantly positively associated to the choice of “Liceo”. OLS and IV estimates show that parents’ wealth has a significantly larger effect in liquidity constrained families (4% of the sample). This finding points to the necessity of introducing schooling grants at lower levels of schooling.

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  • Marco Leonardi, 2007. "Do Parents Risk Aversion and Wealth Explalin Secondary School Choice?," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 66(2), pages 177-206, July.
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    1. Christian Belzil & Marco Leonardi, 2013. "Risk Aversion and Schooling Decisions," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 111-112, pages 35-70.
    2. Checchi, Daniele & Fiorio, Carlo V. & Leonardi, Marco, 2014. "Parents' risk aversion and children's educational attainment," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 164-175.
    3. Heineck, Guido & Wölfel, Oliver, 2010. "Parental risk attitudes and children's secondary school track choice," IAB Discussion Paper 201019, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
    4. Huebener, Mathias, 2015. "The role of paternal risk attitudes in long-run education outcomes and intergenerational mobility," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 64-79.
    5. Wölfel, Oliver & Heineck, Guido, 2012. "Parental risk attitudes and children's secondary school track choice," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 727-743.

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    Keywords

    risk aversion; education; human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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