The impact of primary and secondary effects of social origins on the second school transition in Switzerland: A comparison of decomposition methods and variable operationalization

Combet, Benita (2013). The impact of primary and secondary effects of social origins on the second school transition in Switzerland: A comparison of decomposition methods and variable operationalization. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften, 35(3), pp. 447-471. Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung SGBF 10.24452/sjer.35.3.4919

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Although in a meritocratic society social background should not impact the chances of attaining a higher education, research suggests that in Switzerland background does play an important role. This article demonstrates that social background influences the probability of entering Gymnasium after obligatory schooling, and to what extent the impact of social background can be attributed to primary and secondary effects. Taking into account key control variables like the track children attended, pupils from the upper class have a 6 percent higher chance of attending gymnasium than those from the lower class. Primary effects account for 20% of this upper-class advantage. The article also tests estimation sensitivity to variations in variable operationalization and decomposition methods.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Combet, Benita

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 310 Statistics

ISSN:

1424-3946

Publisher:

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung SGBF

Projects:

[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL

Language:

German

Submitter:

Benita Combet

Date Deposited:

26 May 2014 08:04

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 20:01

Publisher DOI:

10.24452/sjer.35.3.4919

Additional Information:

Treeanalysis analysis_thirdparty Custom 1: Article Date: 2013

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Primäre und sekundäre Herkunftseffekte, nonlineare Dekomposition, Bildungsungleichheit Schweiz, Permeability higher education entrance educational paths social disparities

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.42643

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/42643

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