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Behavioral and statistical models of educational inequality

Abstract: This paper addresses the question of how students and their families make educational decisions. We describe three types of behavioral model that might underlie decisionmaking and we show that they have consequences for what decisions are made. Our study thus has policy implications if we wish to encourage students and their families to make better educational choices. We also establish the conditions under which empirical analysis can distinguish between the three sorts of decision-making and we illustrate our arguments using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted ManuscriptNotes:Copyright © 2016 The Authors. This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from SAGE at:

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Publisher: SAGE

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Journal: Rationality and Societysee more from them

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Volume: 28

Issue: 3

Extent: 270-298

Issue Date: 2016


Urn: uuid:f7db6b60-4796-4d2d-a271-ae23989cdc05

Source identifier: 608898

Eissn: 1461-7358

Issn: 1043-4631

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Type: Journal article;

Version: Accepted ManuscriptKeywords: rationality behavioral model educational decisions identification Tiny URL: pubs:608898


Author: Holm, A - - - Breen, R - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, Sociology - - - - Bibliographic Details Publisher: SAGE - P



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