What Shapes Great Expectations? Gender, Social Origin and Cross-Country Differences in Students’ Expectations of University Graduation

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Guest Speaker: Luis Ortiz, Associate Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

Seminar Topic:

Over the last few decades, female educational attainment has progressively caught up with male educational attainment in many OECD countries. Expectations of graduating from university have correspondingly been found to be higher among female adolescents than male adolescents. The expectation is even higher for girls of lower social origin than for boys of lower social origin. This speaker will present a paper which analyses a combination of national-level data and individual- and school-level data drawn from PISA 2003 to explain why male children with lower educated parents have lower expectations of university graduation.

Speaker Bio:

Luis Ortiz Gervasi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political & Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. He holds a MA and PhD from the Centre for the Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) of the Juan March Institute of Research. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit (University of Warwick, UK) and Invited Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research initially dealt with models of unionism, comparative industrial relations and unions' reaction to the introduction of new management techniques; more recently, he has completed research on the transition from school to work, skill mismatch, educational expansion and early school leaving.