Parental education, grade attainment and earnings expectations among university students

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
gearywp201035.pdf227.43 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Parental education, grade attainment and earnings expectations among university students
Authors: Delaney, Liam
Harmon, Colm
Redmond, Cathy
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2695
Date: 11-Aug-2010
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.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Keywords: Socio-economic status;Education;Inequality;Discrimination
Subject LCSH: Parent and child
College students--Social conditions
College students--Economic conditions
Academic achievement
Wages--College students
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

Show full item record

Page view(s) 20

153
checked on May 25, 2018

Download(s) 50

109
checked on May 25, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.