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

Kuha, Jouni 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, 173 (2). pp. 351-369. ISSN 0964-1998

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2010 Wiley
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Statistics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 12:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31253/

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