ERIC Number: ED101025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Discontinuities in Schooling and the Socioeconomic Life Cycle. Discussion Papers No. 238-74.
Featherman, David L.; Carter, T. Michael
In a longitudinal study of a 1939-40 birth cohort of Michigan men, the educational, occupational, and earnings costs of discontinuous patterns of school attendance over the life cycle were examined. The intracohort analysis aimed to identify plausible causal antecedents and consequences of discontinuities in schooling in the context of the cohort's socioeconomic life cycle. Men who either had delayed postsecondary schooling after leaving high school or had interrupted postsecondary matriculation achieved fewer years of total schooling than those who experienced continuous enrollment, controlling for socioeconomic origins, educability, and aspirations. Moreover, men undertaking nonregular (noncollege) forms of postsecondary schooling completed fewer (certification) years of school than did college enrollees, after taking into account differential periods of school attendance and the varying social origins, educabilities, and aspirations of these men. For men who completed equivalent levels of education, the college matriculant secured a more prestigious first full-time job than did the nonregular school graduate. While educational discontinuities had no net impact on within-occupation earnings differences, men who had been age-grade retarded in high school earned less annually ($2,440) than did their statistical counterparts. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan