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

50 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2011

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Elena F. Meschi

University of Warwick - Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR); Polytechnic University of Marche

Joanna K. Swaffield

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Anna F. Vignoles

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Abstract

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.

Keywords: post-compulsory education, local labour markets, parental aspirations, educational attainment, nested logit

JEL Classification: I21, J18, J24

Suggested Citation

Meschi, Elena F. and Swaffield, Joanna K. and Vignoles, Anna F., The Relative Importance of Local Labour Market Conditions and Pupil Attainment on Post-Compulsory Schooling Decisions. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6143, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968094

Elena F. Meschi (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Polytechnic University of Marche

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Italy

Joanna K. Swaffield

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies ( email )

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York 010 5DD
United Kingdom
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Anna F. Vignoles

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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