Grades, Aspirations and Post-Secondary Education Outcomes

30 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

See all articles by Louis N. Christofides

Louis N. Christofides

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics; University of Guelph; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Michael Hoy

University of Guelph - Department of Economics

Joniada Milla

Saint Mary's University, Canada - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph - Department of Economics

Abstract

We explore the forces that shape the development of aspirations and the achievement of grades during high school and the role that these aspirations, grades, and other variables play in educational outcomes such as going to university and graduating. We find that parental expectations and peer effects have a significant impact on educational outcomes through grades, aspirations, and their interconnectedness, an issue explained in the context of a rich, longitudinal data set. Apart from this indirect path, parents and peers also influence educational outcomes directly. Policy measures that operate on parental influences may modify educational outcomes in desired directions.

Keywords: university attendance, aspirations, peers, parents, Canada

JEL Classification: I20, J00

Suggested Citation

Christofides, Louis N. and Hoy, Michael and Milla, Joniada and Stengos, Thanasis, Grades, Aspirations and Post-Secondary Education Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6867. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158009

Louis N. Christofides (Contact Author)

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics ( email )

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Michael Hoy

University of Guelph - Department of Economics ( email )

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Joniada Milla

Saint Mary's University, Canada - Department of Economics ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Canada

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Germany

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Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph - Department of Economics ( email )

50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

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