Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Mr F.I. (Francisco) Cerón Acevedo

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C6.10
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

I am a PhD candidate at the Sociology department of the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies,  and the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses (IIL). My PhD research focuses on the generation of social differentials in individual educational outcomes and educational pathways in Chile as country case. My research interests include the sociology of education, social stratification and mobility, labour market outcomes, educational inequality  as well as quantitative methodology.



The project examines the association between the social background and educational outcomes of students in Chilean educational system. The project is oriented to understand the mechanisms that  drive the generation of inequalities on achievement and educational opportunities based in the distinction between primary and secondary effects. I investigate how students and parents' aspirations, expectations and beliefs about education influence the allocation processes through which social differentials are expressed in achievement inequalities, and determine subsequently decisions about educational trajectories. The focus is on how these micro-level mechanisms differ between social groups and how expectations, aspirations and beliefs influence these differentials. Examples for mechanisms that are studied are social distinction in educational preferences and educational expectations between social groups. I use an unique and recently available longitudinal census data from Chile, for different cohorts, to study individual-level inequalities in academic performance and educational decision-making, taking into account  the characteristics of the Chilean choice-driven educational system (school system and higher education), one of the most privately sourced educational systems.

Supervision: Prof. dr. Herman van de Werfhorst and dr. Thijs Bol 



  • PhD candidate at AISSR/Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2014 - ongoing)

    Thesis: "Dynamics of inequality of educational opportunity and learning in Chile"
  • Research Master (MSc) Social Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science (2012 - 2013)

    Thesis: "Cross national differentiation in school systems and achievement: Compositional and contextual factors in case of Chile​"

          IEA Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award 2014 

  • Research Master (MSc) Sociology at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2005-2006)

    Thesis: "Vulnerability to Poverty in Chile. Unequal Pattern of Social Inclusion?" 
  • Bachelor (BSc) Sociology at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2000-2003)



Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Amsterdan Centre for Inequality Studies

Programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses

Agenda for International Development




Ceron, F., van de Werfhorst, H., Bol, T., (2017). A market safety net: Inequality of educational opportunity in access to Higher Education in Chile.  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Ceron, F., Bol, T., van de Werfhorst, H. (2016). The dynamics of achievement inequality: the role of performance and choice in Chile. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Work in progress

Ceron, F. (2016) Beyond School Effects: The Impact of Privatization and Standardization of School Systems on Achievement Inequality in Latin America . Abstract available at SSRN: Early version: Manuscript in preparation.

Ceron, F., Bol, T., van de Werfhorst, H. (n.d.).  Unequal trajectories: Consequences of Mean-Tested Voucher Reform on Students’ Achievement Progress in Chile. Manuscript in preparation.





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