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Title: Academic Choice Behavior of High School Students: Economic Rationale and Empirical Evidence
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1. Zietz, Joachim
Joshi, Prathibha V.
Academic Choice Behavior of High School Students: Economic Rationale and Empirical Evidence
Economics of Education Review 24,3 (June 2005): 297-308.
Also: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272775704000901
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Elsevier
Keyword(s): Aptitude; Education; Family Background; Family Characteristics; High School; Human Capital; Peers/Peer influence/Peer relations; School Characteristics/Rating/Safety; Schooling; Time Use

This study examines the determinants of US students' choice of alternative programs of study in high school. An explicit theoretical framework grounded in optimizing behavior is derived. The empirical work is based on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. The set of variables include student and family characteristics, peer behavior, and students' involvement in work outside the school. The estimation results confirm the theoretical predictions. They suggest that academic aptitude, pre-high school academic performance, and lifetime consumption goals as driven by peer pressure and family background are by far the most important determinants of program choice.
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Zietz, Joachim and Prathibha V. Joshi. "Academic Choice Behavior of High School Students: Economic Rationale and Empirical Evidence ." Economics of Education Review 24,3 (June 2005): 297-308.