Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/78681
Authors: 
Pekkarinen, Tuomas
Pekkala, Sari
Uusitalo, Roope
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2006:13
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the effect of a major education reform on the intergenerational income mobility in Finland. The Finnish comprehensive school reform of 1972-1977 replaced the old two-track school system with a uniform nine-year comprehensive school and significantly reduced the degree of heterogeneity in the Finnish primary and secondary education. We estimate the effect of this reform on the intergenerational income elasticity using a representative sample of males born during 1960-1966. The identification strategy relies on a difference-in-differences approach and exploits the fact that the reform was implemented gradually across country during a six-year period. The results indicate that the reform reduced the intergenerational income elasticity by about seven percentage points.
Subjects: 
Intergenerational mobility
education
comprehensive school reform
JEL: 
I20
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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