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The Applications of Human Capital Theory and Educational Signalling Theory to Explain Parental Influences on the Chinese Population’s Social Mobility Opportunities

Version 1 : Received: 18 August 2021 / Approved: 19 August 2021 / Online: 19 August 2021 (10:37:08 CEST)

How to cite: Hung, J. The Applications of Human Capital Theory and Educational Signalling Theory to Explain Parental Influences on the Chinese Population’s Social Mobility Opportunities. Preprints 2021, 2021080400 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0400.v1). Hung, J. The Applications of Human Capital Theory and Educational Signalling Theory to Explain Parental Influences on the Chinese Population’s Social Mobility Opportunities. Preprints 2021, 2021080400 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0400.v1).

Abstract

Exisitng studies argue life chances are, in part, vertically reproduced. Such a statement is applicable to the Chinese contexts as, but not limited to, parental hukou status, to some extent, determines the life chances their children receive. In this essay, the author would like to introduce human capital theory (HCT) and educational signalling theory (EST), and assess how the applications of each of these two models can enrich the understanding of vertical reproduction of individuals’ social mobility opportunities. The author would also present the limitations of each of these two models when addressing relevant Chinese contexts.

Keywords

human capital; educational signal; education; labour market; social mobility; social reproduction; China

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