Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147834
Authors: 
Figlio, David N.
Giuliano, Paola
Özek, Umut
Sapienza, Paola
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10147
Abstract: 
We use remarkable population-level administrative education and birth records from Florida to study the role of Long-Term Orientation on the educational attainment of immigrant students living in the US. Controlling for the quality of schools and individual characteristics, students from countries with long term oriented attitudes perform better than students from cultures that do not emphasize the importance of delayed gratification. These students perform better in third grade reading and math tests, have larger test score gains over time, have fewer absences and disciplinary incidents, are less likely to repeat grades, and are more likely to graduate from high school in four years. Also, they are more likely to enroll in advanced high school courses, especially in scientific subjects. Parents from long term oriented cultures are more likely to secure better educational opportunities for their children. A larger fraction of immigrants speaking the same language in the school amplifies the effect of Long-Term Orientation on educational performance. We validate these results using a sample of immigrant students living in 37 different countries.
Subjects: 
long-term orientation
education
cultural transmission
JEL: 
I20
I24
J15
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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