Choice at 16: School, parental and peer group effects

Thomas, W. and Webber, D. J. (2009) Choice at 16: School, parental and peer group effects. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 14 (2). pp. 119-141. ISSN 1359-6748 Available from:

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School, parental and peer group effects have been identified as being influential in shaping the decision of students to participate in post-compulsory education, but the analysis of each effect separately is rare. Using a random effects logistic regression approach, estimates of the importance of school, parental and peer group effects on student choices are presented which suggest that peer groups play an important role in determining boys’ choices at 16, while the decision to stay on across gender is strongly influenced by parental background. Profiles show that the social class of peers’ fathers influence strongly the probability of a student staying on.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:education economics, school choice
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
ID Code:15912
Deposited By: Professor D. Webber
Deposited On:03 Nov 2011 10:22
Last Modified:17 Jun 2016 07:05

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