Are Young People's Educational Outcomes Linked to Their Sense of Control?
35 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 23, 2010
This paper analyzes the link between young people's sense (locus) of control over their lives and their investments in education. We find that young people with a more internal locus of control have a higher probability of finishing secondary school and, conditional on completion, meeting the requirements to obtain a university entrance rank. Moreover, those with an internal locus of control who obtain a university entrance rank achieve somewhat higher rankings than do their peers who have a more external locus of control. Not surprisingly, there is a negative relationship between growing up in disadvantage and educational outcomes. However, this effect does not appear to operate indirectly by increasing the likelihood of having a more external locus of control. In particular, we find no significant relationship between family welfare history and young people's locus of control.
Keywords: Locus of Control, Parental Socio-Economic Background, Education
JEL Classification: I38, J24, H31
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