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Educational intentions, cognitive skills and earnings expectations of French undergraduates

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  • Claire Bonnard

    (IREDU - Institut de recherche sur l'éducation : Sociologie et Economie de l'Education - UB - Université de Bourgogne, CLERSÉ - Centre Lillois d’Études et de Recherches Sociologiques et Économiques - UMR 8019 - Université de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Jean-François Giret

    (IREDU - Institut de recherche sur l'éducation : Sociologie et Economie de l'Education - UB - Université de Bourgogne)

  • Marielle Lambert-Le Mener

    (IREDU - Institut de recherche sur l'éducation : Sociologie et Economie de l'Education - UB - Université de Bourgogne)

Abstract

This article aims to study the earnings expectations of first-year students at a French university. Our findings highlight the importance of the environment in which students make their choices about education. Expected earnings are proportionally higher when their parents seem to be involved in the careers guidance, taking into account the effect of parental socio-economic status. The positive opinion of parents about the orientation or the connection between the discipline and the father's occupation are generally associated with higher earnings. In addition, our results show a strong impact of cognitive variables which are far more significant than variables relating to past educational performances.

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  • Claire Bonnard & Jean-François Giret & Marielle Lambert-Le Mener, 2014. "Educational intentions, cognitive skills and earnings expectations of French undergraduates," Post-Print halshs-01090725, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01090725
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2014.925042
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