Selection and educational attainment: why some children are left behind? Evidence from a middle-income country

Luciana Méndez-Errico, Xavier Ramos*

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Abstract

We model schooling as a sequential process and examine why some children are left behind. We focus on the factors that explain selection at early stages of the education system. Our findings for Uruguay suggest that long-term factors, such as parental background or ethnicity matter across all education stages while the effect of short-term factors, such as family income, wear out as individuals progress in the education system, suggesting a severe selection process at early stages.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalEducation Economics
Early online date25 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • cognitive and non-cognitive abilities
  • education
  • ethnicity
  • inequality
  • Schooling transition
  • selection
  • sequential dynamic model

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