Exploring Educational Mobility in Europe

XREAP Working Paper No. 2010-11

55 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011

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Antonio Di Paolo

University of Barcelona

Josep Lluís Raymond

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Jorge Calero

University of Barcelona

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the investigation of the intergenerational mobility of education in several European countries and its changes across birth cohorts (1940-1980) using a new mobility index that considers the total degree of mobility as the weighted sum of mobility with respect to both parents. Moreover, this mobility index enables the analysis of the role of family characteristics as mediating factors in the statistical association between individual and parental education. We find that Nordic countries display lower levels of educational persistence but that the degree of mobility increases over time only in those countries with low initial levels. Moreover, the results suggest that the degree of mobility with respect to fathers and mothers converges to the same level and that family characteristics account for an important part of the statistical association between parental education and children’s schooling; a particular finding is that the most important elements of family characteristics are the family’s socio-economic status and educational assortative mating of the parents.

Keywords: Educational Economics, Intergenerational Mobility, Europe, Birth Cohorts, Family

JEL Classification: J62, I21, I29, D13

Suggested Citation

Di Paolo, Antonio and Raymond, Josep Lluís and Calero, Jorge, Exploring Educational Mobility in Europe (October 1, 2010). XREAP Working Paper No. 2010-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1814925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1814925

Antonio Di Paolo (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Josep Lluís Raymond

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Jorge Calero

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

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