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Does the Effect of Social Origins on Educational Participation Change Over the Life Course in Germany? Social Inequalities in Entering the Academic School Type and Dropping Out
Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 127 (2007), Iss. 1 : pp. 21–31
To investigate whether the influence of social origins on educational participation increases or diminishes over the educational career in Germany, this paper examines the probability of social access and the later chances to survive in the academic school track. I find, first, a very strong influence of parental characteristics on choosing the academic track after primary school, and second, an ongoing social selection process in the subsequent years. Students who already had low chances of entering this school type due to their social context also had a much higher dropout rate. The analysis is based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study.