The Structure of Educational Decision-making and Consequences for Inequality: A Swedish Test Case
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Inequality in educational attainment by class background arises because of differences in achievement or in decision making. A unique Swedish population level database on university applications and individuals’ rank of different programs is used to analyze class differences in preferences for different program characteristics using a rank order logit estimator. Compared to individuals from service class backgrounds, individuals from manual labor class backgrounds choose programs of shorter duration with lower grade point requirements closer to their parents’ home. Children from the service class instead prefer programs with higher expected earnings and avoid non-traditional institutions. Taken together, the differences in degree choice lead to non-neglible differences in expected earnings levels and expected unemployment risks further on.
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-37312DiVA: diva2:298946