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Path analysis for discrete variables: the role of education in social mobility

Kuha, Jouni ORCID: 0000-0002-1156-8465 and Goldthorpe, John H. (2010) Path analysis for discrete variables: the role of education in social mobility. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 173 (2). pp. 351-369. ISSN 0964-1998

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2009.00620.x


An important open question in sociology with obvious policy implications is how to assess the magnitude of the effect of educational attainment on intergenerational social mobility. To examine this, we propose a general method of path analysis, which can be used to estimate direct and indirect effects even in systems where some of the variables are categorical. It provides an additive decomposition of total effects which is exact when the effects are expressed as mean differences, and approximate but typically quite accurate for other measures of association such as log-odds-ratios. Estimates of the effects and their standard errors can be calculated by using standard output for fitted models. The method is illustrated by an analysis of British survey data on social mobility.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Wiley
Divisions: Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 12:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:49

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