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Bridging the gaps: inequalities in children’s educational outcomes in Ireland

David Madden ()

The Journal of Economic Inequality, 2018, vol. 16, issue 1, No 5, 103-122

Abstract: Abstract Recent developments in the inequality literature have stressed the importance of inequality of opportunity as opposed to inequality of outcome. In this paper we investigate the presence of inequality of opportunity in two measures of educational achievement for a representative sample of Irish 9 year olds. Students are partitioned into four groups according to maternal education levels and gaps in outcomes are calculated between each group. Quantile decompositions of the pairwise gaps reveal substantial gaps between groups and that almost half of the gaps can be explained by differences in characteristics between the groups. Detailed decompositions show consistently significant effects for income, number of childrens books in the home and maternal age.

Keywords: Quantile decomposition; Inequality in education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s10888-017-9358-6

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