Parental education, grade attainment and earnings expectations among university students

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dc.contributor.author Delaney, Liam
dc.contributor.author Harmon, Colm
dc.contributor.author Redmond, Cathy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-07T16:40:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-07T16:40:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2695
dc.description.abstract While there is an extensive literature on intergenerational transmission of economic outcomes (education, health and income for example), many of the pathways through which these outcomes are transmitted are not as well understood. We address this deficit by analysing the relationship between socio-economic status and child outcomes in university, based on a rich and unique dataset of university students. While large socio-economic differences in academic performance exist at the point of entry into university, these differences are substantially narrowed during the period of study. Importantly, the differences across socio-economic backgrounds in university grade attainment for female students is explained by intermediating variables such as personality, risk attitudes and time preferences, and subject/college choices. However, for male students, we explain less than half of the socio-economic gradient through these same pathways. Despite the weakening socio-economic effect in grade attainment, a key finding is that large socio-economic differentials in the earnings expectations of university students persist, even when controlling for grades in addition to our rich set of controls. Our findings pose a sizable challenge for policy in this area as they suggest that equalising educational outcomes may not translate into equal labour market outcomes. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Geary Institute en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP 10 35 en
dc.relation.requires Economists Online Collection en
dc.subject Socio-economic status en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Inequality en
dc.subject Discrimination en
dc.subject.lcsh Parent and child en
dc.subject.lcsh College students--Social conditions en
dc.subject.lcsh College students--Economic conditions en
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement en
dc.subject.lcsh Wages--College students en
dc.title Parental education, grade attainment and earnings expectations among university students en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://ideas.repec.org/p/ucd/wpaper/201035.html en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Delaney|Liam|aut|UCD0004 en
dc.neeo.contributor Harmon|Colm|aut|UCD0009 en
dc.neeo.contributor Redmond |Cathy|aut| en


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