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New publication with the collaboration of Dr. Benita Combet: Educational aspirations and decision-making in a context of poverty. A test of rational choice models in El Salvador

Essay on the testing of rational choice models in El Salvador by Martina Jakob and Benita Combet


Benita Combet, together with Martina Jakob (University of Bern), has published an article in the Journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, in which the researchers examine educational aspirations and decision-making in the context of poverty. Testing rational choice models, they show that in contrast to high-income countries, cost burdens play a major role in explaning educational decicions in El Salvador.

Dr. Benita Combet joined the Institute for Sociology two years ago as a guest researcher. She has left LMU Munich as of October 2020 to take up a six-month professorship at the University of Konstanz (substitute for Prof. Dr. Thomas Hinz, Chair of Empirical Social Research with a Focus on Survey Research), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality". In autumn 2021 she will then continue her research at the University of Zurich on gender segregation in various fields of study with an Ambizione Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.