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La demande d’éducation des jeunes québécois


  • Baril, Robert

    (Ministère de la Main-d’oeuvre et de la Sécurité du revenu du Québec)

  • Robidoux, Benoît

    (Ministère des Finances du Canada)

  • Lemelin, Clément

    (Département des sciences économiques, UQAM)


This paper reports empirical evidence on the determinants of the decision to stay in school for a group of young Quebecers. The model used is derived from the theory of investment in human capital. The independent variables refer to personal characteristics, family environment, school environment, early labour market experience and more general characteristics of this market. Empirical results show the influence of family variables but they are also fully consistent with theories that emphasize the importance of foregone earnings in the determination of the demand for education. Ce mémoire porte sur les déterminants qui sont à la base de la décision de poursuivre ses études chez un groupe de jeunes Québécois. Le modèle utilisé s’inspire de la théorie de l’investissement en capital humain. Parmi les facteurs retenus et analysés, on peut relever des caractéristiques personnelles de l’élève, son milieu familial, un ensemble de variables scolaires, l’expérience antérieure sur le marché du travail, ainsi que des caractéristiques plus générales de ce marché. L’ensemble des résultats met en relief l’importance du milieu familial mais il est également compatible avec des thèses qui montrent l’influence du manque à gagner.

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  • Baril, Robert & Robidoux, Benoît & Lemelin, Clément, 1987. "La demande d’éducation des jeunes québécois," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 63(1), pages 5-25, mars.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:63:y:1987:i:1:p:5-25

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    1. Willis, Robert J & Rosen, Sherwin, 1979. "Education and Self-Selection," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 87(5), pages 7-36, October.
    2. Gustman, Alan L & Steinmeier, Thomas L, 1981. "The Impact of Wages and Unemployment on Youth Enrollment and Labor Supply," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 63(4), pages 553-560, November.
    3. Robert H. Meyer & David A. Wise, 1982. "High School Preparation and Early Labor Force Experience," NBER Chapters,in: The Youth Labor Market Problem: Its Nature, Causes, and Consequences, pages 277-348 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Clément Lemelin, 1992. "Short-Term Redistributive Effects of Public Financing of University Education in Quebec," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 18(2), pages 176-188, June.

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