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Education Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 676472, 12 pages
Research Article

Patterns, Consequences, and Possible Causes of Dropout in Upper Secondary Education in Mexico

1The World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA
2Center for Education and Social Studies, Insurgentes Sur 2375, Delegación Álvaro Obregón, 01090 Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Received 19 September 2014; Revised 23 January 2015; Accepted 23 January 2015

Academic Editor: Gwo-Jen Hwang

Copyright © 2015 Raja Bentaouet Kattan and Miguel Székely. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study provides a detailed analysis of upper secondary education dropout patterns in Mexico, exploring its consequences and possible causes. To perform the analysis we combine different databases and statistical methods ranging from the use of surveys with information on specific individuals to data aggregated at the municipal and state level. The main value added is the simultaneous analysis of the influence of individual-family, community, and macroaggregate factors, on school dropout in the country.