Ethnic clustering in schools and early career outcomes

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from: 16:00
to: 17:00

Join this seminar that will discuss how ethnic clustering during compulsory schooling affects post-compulsory educational outcomes among ethnic minority students.

The impacts of students’ exposure to foreign language speakers and speakers of their own foreign language on their educational tracks are examined, so are the difficulty of vocational education, and projected labour market outcomes. The findings suggest that that a higher share of foreign language speakers in the cohort increases a student’s probability of entering the vocational (vs. academic) track; this effect is amplified by an increasing share of peers speaking the student’s own foreign language. Furthermore, it leads to less difficult vocational education and lower predicted earnings. The drivers of these peer effects are shown to be related to language acquisition, ambition, and networks.


Dr. Annatina Aerne (EUI).


Professor Andrew Geddes (Migration Policy Centre, EUI).