ERIC Number: ED160707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Market and Institutional Sources of Educational Growth. Discussion Paper No. 494-78.
Mare, Robert D.
In this paper, research from several traditions is synthesized to discern causes of change in the level of formal educational attainment in the United States for cohorts during the first half of the twentieth century. Two sources of educational growth are considered: (1) changing population composition on family background factors that affect how far individuals go in school; and (2) changing characteristics of the labor market and educational organization that are experienced uniformly within cohorts but vary over time such as to alter incentives to stay in school. Pertinent individual and societal causes of change in educational attainment are considered simultaneously in the analysis of occupational change surveys and published economic and schooling data. Grade progression rates are found to respond to change in the labor market value of schooling. School quality indicators also strongly affect educational growth. Levels of educational expenditures, teacher salaries, within-year attendance, and school consolidation all vary directly with grade progression and, in places, mediate the effects of economic incentives. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
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