Secondary School Choices in Italy: Ability or Social Background?

  • Dalit Contini
  • Andrea Scagni
Conference paper
Part of the Contributions to Statistics book series (CONTRIB.STAT.)


It is often held that educational expansion narrows social inequalities within nations by promoting a meritocratic basis for status attainment, yet substantial research indicates that the relative advantages of elite children over children with less privileged background have changed little in the last decades [4, 12, 19]; on average higher status children perform better in school and attain higher educational levels. In this light, inequality of opportunity (IEO) in education is still a highly relevant issue in the international educational policy agenda.


Primary Effect Secondary Effect School Performance Social Background School Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Statistica e Matematica Applicata “Diego De Castro”Università di TorinoTorinoItaly

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