From Choice to Performance in Secondary Schools: Evidence from a Disadvantaged Setting in Italy

ANNA BUSSU, Manuela Pulina*, Dimitri Paolini, Giuseppe Zanzuino

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Abstract

This study employs detailed micro-data to uncover the factors influencing secondary school choice and performance and, ultimately, dropout risks within a multidimensional framework.
The findings reveal that young people’s choice of a comprehensive secondary school, characterised by a higher dropout rate, is highly influenced by future expectations and family background. Further, teachers’ role, learning methods and technology positively drive performance. Perceived cognitive skills only affect students’ performance given their choice. Besides, an ANOVA analysis assesses that the interaction between cognitive and non-cognitive skills impacts performance. Peer study is pivotal for success in individuals with perceived cognitive difficulties.
Original languageEnglish
JournalItalian Economic Journal
Early online date30 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • young people
  • secondary school
  • choice
  • performance
  • non-cognitive skills

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