Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73348
Authors: 
Riphahn, Regina
Schieferdecker, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 63
Abstract: 
Using SOEP data (1984-2006) we analyze the role of parental background for transitions to tertiary education in Germany and answer three questions: (a) does the relevance of parental background shift from short-term (contemporary income) to long factors (ability, parental education) at higher levels of education? (b) Did the impact of parental background on participation in tertiary education change over time? (c) Are there different patterns by sex and region? We consider panel estimators with and without selectivity corrections and numerous robustness tests. Parental income significantly affects transitions to tertiary education. Its impact seems to have lost magnitude over time. We find no clear differences by sex, and larger parental income effects in West than in East Germany.
Subjects: 
intergenerational transmission
human capital investment
tertiary education
education expansion
college entry
JEL: 
I2
I23
C25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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