Type
Working paper
Title
Tracking and Sorting in the French Educational System
In
DIAL Working Papers
Author(s)
HERBAUT Estelle - Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) (Author)
BARONE Carlo - Observatoire sociologique du changement (Author)
ICHOU Mathieu - Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (Author)
VALLET Louis-André - Observatoire sociologique du changement (Author)
Editor
The Hague (The Netherlands) : DIAL Programme (NORFACE)
Collection
DIAL Working Papers : 13
Keywords
social inequalities, educational system, France, educational attainment, labour-market outcomes
Abstract
EN
This paper provides an overview of tracking policies in secondary education in France. Drawing on two large datasets on educational trajectories and labour-market outcomes, it identifies patterns of social inequalities associated with track allocation in secondary education. It assesses the long-term consequences of track assignment and its mediating role in the association between social origin and occupational outcomes. Results confirm the large association between social origin and track allocation on the one hand, and between track attainment and higher education and labour-market outcomes at occupational maturity on the other hand. We also find that track attainment accounts for a large share of the association between social origin, measured either by parental education or by social class, and outcomes at occupational maturity. These results highlight the importance of tracking policies for social stratification in the French context.

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