Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35792
Authors: 
Chen, Yuanyuan
Feng, Shuaizhang
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4218
Abstract: 
Using nationally representative data in China, we find substantial positive partial correlations of both parents' education with one's wage. In addition, returns to father's education are higher in more monopsonistic and less meritocratic labor markets, including non-coastal regions, the state-owned sector, and the early periods of the reform era. The opposite is, however, true with respect to mother's education. Overall, the empirical evidence is consistent with the story that father's education mainly indicates family connections useful for locating a better-paying first job, while mother's education primarily captures unmeasured ability.
Subjects: 
Parental education
wages
family connections
unmeasured ability
JEL: 
J30
J62
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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