Educational aspirations and attitudes over the business cycle

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Economica

Authors

Mark P. Taylor and Tina Rampino

Publication date

Abstract


UK policy debate has recently focused on the role of young people’s aspirations and attitudes in raising educational attainment. We use the youth component of the British Household Panel Survey to examine how educational attitudes and aspirations among 11- to 15-year-olds vary with the local unemployment rate. We find that children who have highly educated parents with positive educational attitudes react more positively to low labour demand than those from less educated families with negative educational attitudes. This reduces social mobility and increases persistence in educational inequality for a cohort growing up in a recession.

Volume and page numbers

81, 649-673

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12091

ISSN

16

Subjects

Young People, Education, Households and Social Attitudes

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