An analysis of the impact of Socioeconomic Disadvantage and School Quality on the Probability of School Dropout

Stephane Mahuteau, Konstantinos Mavromaras

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Abstract

This paper combines the Australian Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) micro-level data with its longitudinal continuation, the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth data, to measure the association between individual PISA scores and early school dropouts. We use multilevel modelling to distinguish between student and school factors when estimating school dropout propensity for 15-18-year olds. We model attrition and deal with the possibility that PISA scores are endogenous in the dropout decision. We find that PISA scores predict well early dropout, especially so for bottom achievers, and that individual and social disadvantage plays a crucial role in this relationship, both directly and indirectly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-411
Number of pages23
JournalEducation Economics
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Event4th International Workshop on Applied Economics of Education (IWAEE), Catanzaro, Italy, June 2013 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Keywords

  • PISA
  • socio-economic disadvantage
  • school dropout
  • student outcomes
  • multilevel modelling

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