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The Effect of Regional Factors on Student Achievements in Russian Schools
The paper is aimed at revealing regional factors influence on school educational performance of students in Russia. Sectoral structure of employment in regions is considered in the paper. The main hypothesis is that student school education performance depends on the demand for workers with higher education in main sector in his or her region, i.e. the sector which is the first one by the amount of people working there. It is shown that agricultural sector is characterized by one of the lowest demand for workers with higher education. In accordance with this, it was found that the when agricultural sector is a leader by the percentage of workers in a region, it has negative influence on school educational achievements of pupils. The assumed mechanism of influence is a decrease in student’s motivation to get a higher education because it likely will not be required at his future work. This leads to low educational level self-reproduction in such regions. As a possible policy implication, it was proposed to address the problem of low inter-regional mobility in Russia. Its increase will allow students to consider working in other regions in future and so, it will increase their motivation to study.