Parental background, upper secondary transitions and schooling inequality in Switzerland

TitleParental background, upper secondary transitions and schooling inequality in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFalter, J-M
JournalSwiss Journal of Sociology
Volume38
Issue2
Pagination201-222
ISSN0379-3664
Abstract

Transitions to upper secondary education may shape inequalities in Switzerland, which is characterized by early tracking and an extensive vocational track. Yet, pathways inside the schooling system may lower the impact of schooling decisions taking place at age 15. We use micro-data from TREE, a follow-up of the Swiss sample of PISA 2000, where upper secondary school choices can be observed together with cognitive ability and fam- ily background variables. We estimate a sequential model, which allows breaking down educational outcomes between inequality of opportunities at various transitions inside and the weights of these transitions. We show that the importance of educational transitions heavily depends on ability and gender.

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