Survey Measures of Family Decision Processes for Econometric Analysis of Schooling Decisions

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Pamela Giustinelli

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Charles F. Manski

Northwestern University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

In this article, we consider the collection of novel subjective data on family processes of schooling decisions. In particular, we review recent progress on survey measurement of expectations, information, and locus of decision of American families within the context of secondary schooling, and we discuss possible future developments by providing concrete examples from recent exploratory efforts. We argue that collection of data on adolescents' and parents' perceptions of the available school options and the application‐and‐admission rules, their subjective expectations about short‐ and long‐term consequences of alternative choices, and their assessments of the locus of decision making within families could greatly enhance economic modeling and contribute to effective econometric analysis of schooling decisions.

JEL Classification: C83, D19, D79, D83, D84, I21, I26, J24

Suggested Citation

Giustinelli, Pamela and Manski, Charles F., Survey Measures of Family Decision Processes for Econometric Analysis of Schooling Decisions (January 2018). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 81-99, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12322

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