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Increasing horizontal inequality: effects of ability grouping in post-compulsory educational decisions in Spain

Dates:
  • Mon 10 Feb 2020 13.00 - 15.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-02-10 13:00 2020-02-10 15:00 Europe/Paris Increasing horizontal inequality: effects of ability grouping in post-compulsory educational decisions in Spain

A presentation within the Inequality Working Group

In accordance with Effectively Maintained Inequality Theory, educational expansion at upper-secondary education increased horizontal inequalities by the beginning of the 21st century in Spain. In the following two decades, ability-grouping was introduced in the highly unified curriculum of compulsory education, affecting both the vertical decision of continuation and the horizontal decision about which track to follow. Using Propensity Score Matching, I have observed that those programs moderately decreased the probability of deciding to drop out without enrolling in upper-secondary education, but strongly oriented students towards the vocational track. Such effects might account for the evolution of the inequality observed in such decisions during the first two decades of the century, where vertical inequality has been reduced (mostly due to a decrease of primary effects of social origin), but horizontal inequality increased (mostly due to an increase of secondary effects of social origin).

Seminar Room 4 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 4 - Badia Fiesolana

A presentation within the Inequality Working Group

In accordance with Effectively Maintained Inequality Theory, educational expansion at upper-secondary education increased horizontal inequalities by the beginning of the 21st century in Spain. In the following two decades, ability-grouping was introduced in the highly unified curriculum of compulsory education, affecting both the vertical decision of continuation and the horizontal decision about which track to follow. Using Propensity Score Matching, I have observed that those programs moderately decreased the probability of deciding to drop out without enrolling in upper-secondary education, but strongly oriented students towards the vocational track. Such effects might account for the evolution of the inequality observed in such decisions during the first two decades of the century, where vertical inequality has been reduced (mostly due to a decrease of primary effects of social origin), but horizontal inequality increased (mostly due to an increase of secondary effects of social origin).


Location:
Seminar Room 4 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Juho Härkönen
Prof. Fabrizio Bernardi

Speaker:
Visiting Student Manuel Tomas Valdes (EUI)

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