Mothers, Fathers and Daughters: Intergenerational Transmission of Education in Greece

Posted: 16 Jul 2008 Last revised: 20 Apr 2010

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Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Nicholas Giannakopoulos

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 16, 2008

Abstract

This study explores the role of intergenerational mobility in the educational achievements of Greek women. We use data from the most recent Greek Household Budget Survey (2004/05) and from the last three Greek Censuses (1981/1991/2001). For analytical and estimation purposes we utilize decomposition analysis, mobility indicators and conventional discrete choice models. Our results point to the presence of substantial educational mobility across generations over the last 30 years. However, daughters' educational attainment still depends, albeit to a lesser extent, on parental education background and especially on the maternal one. In order to address the remaining inequalities, educational policy needs to target families with poor parental educational background, independently of their position in the wealth distribution.

Keywords: Education, intergenerational transmission, women, Greece

JEL Classification: I21, J16, J6

Suggested Citation

Daouli, Joan and Demoussis, Michael and Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, Mothers, Fathers and Daughters: Intergenerational Transmission of Education in Greece (July 16, 2008). Economics of Education Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1161014

Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/michael_demoussis/

Nicholas Giannakopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Rio Patras
Achaia Rio
Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/giannakopoulos_nicholas/index

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