Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment in Germany: The Last Five Decades

40 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2007

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Guido Heineck

University of Bamberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Regina T. Riphahn

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

Over the last decades the German education system underwent numerous reforms in order to improve equality of opportunity, i.e. to guarantee all pupils equal access to higher education. At the same time internationally comparative evidence yields that Germany features particularly low intergenerational mobility with respect to educational attainment. This study investigates the development in intergenerational education mobility in Germany for the birth cohorts 1929 through 1978 and tests whether the impact of parental background on child educational outcomes changed over time. In spite of massive public policy interventions and education reforms our results yield no significant reduction in the role of parental background for child outcomes over the last decades.

Keywords: education transmission, intergenerational mobility, schooling, human capital transmission

JEL Classification: I21, I28, J11

Suggested Citation

Heineck, Guido and Riphahn, Regina T., Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment in Germany: The Last Five Decades (August 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2985; SOEPpaper No. 37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012343

Guido Heineck

University of Bamberg

Feldkirchenstr. 21
Bamberg, 96052
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Regina T. Riphahn (Contact Author)

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg - Department of Economics ( email )

Lange Gasse 20
Nuernberg, D-90403
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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