Educational Careers and Social Inequality – Analysis of the Impact of Social Origin on Educational Career Patterns and Their Labor Market Outcomes from a Comparative Perspective
This project examines two research questions to deepen the understanding of social origin on delayed achievement of education. First, do young adults react with reenrollment into higher education on some labour market situations? Second, do returns to education on the labour market differ between different educational career patterns? The second question has important implications for the consequences of the first question in the context of intergenerational social inequality. These questions will be approached using secondary analysis of existing longitudinal micro-data. Since the moderation of the micro-processes through institutional conditions is of particular interest, the analyses will involve a comparison of both processes over three societies, Germany, Sweden and the United States. The focus will be on analysis for the German case. The comparison cases however can add additional insights on the processes in educational systems which are similar to recent developments of the German system.
In order to examine the influence of educational systems on late educational decisions we analysed longitudinal microdata sets from Sweden, Germany and the United States. In 2012, our focus was on the returns to diversified postsecondary educational career patterns in the different country contexts. Data analyses were complete and results presented in international conferences. At the moment, we are documenting the project results and prepare them for publication.