Educational Aspirations and Attitudes Over the Business Cycle

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Mark Taylor

University of Essex

Tina Rampino

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Date Written: October 2014

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.

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Mark Philip and Rampino, Tina, Educational Aspirations and Attitudes Over the Business Cycle (October 2014). Economica, Vol. 81, Issue 324, pp. 649-673, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2490175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12091

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Tina Rampino

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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