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Lost in transition: the influence of locus of control on delaying educational decisions


Jaik, Katharina; Wolter, Stefan C (2016). Lost in transition: the influence of locus of control on delaying educational decisions. Swiss Leading House Working Paper Series 118, University of Zurich.

Abstract

The transition from compulsory schooling to upper-secondary education is a crucial and frequently difficult step in the educational career of young people. In this study, we analyze the impact of one non-cognitive skill, locus of control, on the intention and the decision to delay the transition into post-compulsory education in Switzerland. We find that locus of control, measured at ages 13–14, has a significant impact on the intention to delay the transition into upper-secondary education. Furthermore, we find that the intention to delay the transition is strongly correlated with the actual delay, measured one and a half years after the intention. Finally, students with the initial intention to delay but successfully continuing into upper-secondary education show a stronger internal locus of control than comparable students who do delay their transition.

Abstract

The transition from compulsory schooling to upper-secondary education is a crucial and frequently difficult step in the educational career of young people. In this study, we analyze the impact of one non-cognitive skill, locus of control, on the intention and the decision to delay the transition into post-compulsory education in Switzerland. We find that locus of control, measured at ages 13–14, has a significant impact on the intention to delay the transition into upper-secondary education. Furthermore, we find that the intention to delay the transition is strongly correlated with the actual delay, measured one and a half years after the intention. Finally, students with the initial intention to delay but successfully continuing into upper-secondary education show a stronger internal locus of control than comparable students who do delay their transition.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 September 2016
Deposited On:12 Jan 2017 13:40
Last Modified:29 Aug 2017 21:08
Series Name:Swiss Leading House Working Paper Series
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://repec.business.uzh.ch/RePEc/iso/leadinghouse/0118_lhwpaper.pdf
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:14002

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