The Impact of Social Origin and Migration Background on Transition into Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Sacchi, Stefan; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Stalder, Barbara E.; Gangl, Markus (2011). The Impact of Social Origin and Migration Background on Transition into Post-Compulsory Education and Training. In: Bergman, Manfred Max; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Keller, Anita; Meyer, Thomas; Stalder, Barbara E. (eds.) Transitionen im Jugendalter. Ergebnisse der Schweizer Längsschnittstudie TREE = Transitions juvéniles en Suisse. Resultats de l'étude longitudinale TREE = Youth transitions in Switzerland. Results from the TREE panel study, Vol. 1 (pp. 120-156). Zürich: Seismo

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A successful transition from compulsory to post-compulsory education has become a crucial precondition for young people's later integration in the labour market. This paper discusses the impact of students' social and cultural background on their chances to enter upper secondary education. To distinguish precisely between direct and indirect origin effects, mediated through school attainment, we control for a broad set of school achievement indicators, including PISA literacy skills and academic records. Based on Bourdieu, and taking into account the important role of companies' selection of apprentices, we expect social origin to excert strong direct effects on the transition to post-compulsory eduction in Switzerland. To test our hypotheses, we employ an event history model on the base of TREE data. Results corroborate the assumptions that transition from compulsory to upper secondary education is strongly shaped both by students' social origin and cultural background, irrespective of their school achievement.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Sacchi, Stefan (A), Hupka-Brunner, Sandra (A), Igic, Ivana (B), Gangl, Markus, Bergman, Manfred Max (B), Hupka-Brunner, Sandra (B), Keller, Anita (B), Meyer, Thomas (B), Igic, Ivana (B)


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


978-3-03777-093-1 (print); 978-3-03777-881-4 (PDF)




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Thomas Meyer

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12 Jun 2019 16:08

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30 Apr 2023 19:00

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