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The Relative Importance of Local Labour Market Conditions and Pupil Attainment on Post-Compulsory Schooling Decisions

  • Meschi, Elena

    ()

    (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia)

  • Swaffield, Joanna K.

    ()

    (University of York)

  • Vignoles, Anna

    ()

    (University of Cambridge)

This paper assesses the relative importance of local labour market conditions and pupil educational attainment as primary determinants of the post-compulsory schooling decision. Using a nested logit model we formally incorporate the structured and sequential decision process pupils engage with. Our findings show that, on average, the key drivers of the schooling decision are pupil educational attainment and parental aspirations rather than local labour market conditions. However, there is some evidence that higher local unemployment rates encourage males to invest in education, and that interactions with educational attainment suggest local labour market conditions impact heterogeneously across the pupil population.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6143.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6143
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