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Behavioral and statistical models of educational inequality

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  • Anders Holm

    (University of Copenhagen, Denmark; SFI: The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark)

  • Richard Breen

    (University of Oxford, UK)

Abstract

This article addresses the question of how students and their families make educational decisions. We describe three types of behavioral model that might underlie decision-making, and we show that they have consequences for what decisions are made. Our study, thus, has policy implications if we wish to encourage students and their families to make better educational choices. We also establish the conditions under which empirical analysis can distinguish between the three sorts of decision-making, and we illustrate our arguments using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study.

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  • Anders Holm & Richard Breen, 2016. "Behavioral and statistical models of educational inequality," Rationality and Society, , vol. 28(3), pages 270-298, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ratsoc:v:28:y:2016:i:3:p:270-298
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