School Reentry and Its Link to Family and Working Life of Three Generations in Mexico

Eunice Vargas Valle , El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Based on the 2011 Retrospective Demographic Survey, this paper analyzes the school reentry of three generations in Mexico (1951-1953, 1966-1968 and 1978-1980) and its associated factors, as well as the level of education attained and type of occupation after school reentry. To this end, life tables, discrete-time logistic models and mobility tables are employed. First, life tables display a clear rise over time in returning to school among females and a slight increase in the third generation among males, after a fall in the second generation. Second, the multivariate analysis demonstrate the importance of a low-intensity job, employment in the public sector, and the child-rearing stage for school reentry. And finally, mobility tables show the opportunity that school reentry provides to achieve higher educational attainment and secure a better job. The results support the importance of education policies that promote school reintegration for young people in developing countries.

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 Presented in Session 8. Economy, Labor Force, Education, & Inequality