Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Class Origin and Young Adults' Re-Enrollment

[journal article]

Jacob, Marita; Weiss, Felix

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(416 KByte)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-437898

Further Details
Abstract This paper examines re-enrollment decisions taken by adults who have previously participated in the labor market in the US. We investigate the influence of social origin on re-enrollment and test hypotheses based on the "status reproduction" argument. We find that young adults from the lower classes re-enroll less often than those from the upper classes and that these differences can be attributed to a large extend to different ability or performance. Beyond the effects of social origin as such, we also scrutinize the effects of the child's class position relative to family status as a more direct implication of the "status reproduction" argument. Our analyses reveal that once young adults from higher status positions have reached their parents' class, re-enrollment is somewhat less likely to occur. However, this effect of the child's relative class to the parents' is rather weak.
Keywords labor market; United States of America; social background; young adult; social status; intergenerational mobility; university level of education; parents; child; family member; upper class; family
Classification Labor Market Research; Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 415-426
Journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 29 (2011) 4
ISSN 0276-5624
Status Preprint; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications