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Title:Is Child like Parent? Educational Attainment and Ethnic Origin PDF Logo
Authors:Gang, Ira N.
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:1999
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 57
Abstract:The speed at which immigrants assimilate is the subject of debate. Human capital formation plays a major role in this discussion. This paper compares the educational attainment of second generation immigrants to those of natives in the same age cohort. Evidence using a large German data set suggests ethnicity does matter: the size of the ethnic network has a positive effect on educational attainment, and a clear pattern is exhibited between countries-of-origin and educational attainment even in the second generation. For the children of the foreign-born, parental schooling plays no role in making educational choices. However, for Germans, contrary to the general findings in the literature, there is a statistically significant difference in favor of father´s education over mother's education.
Subjects:Assimilation
ethnicity
migration
education
second generation migrants
JEL:J15
I21
J62
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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