It's Not All About Parents’ Education, It Also Matters what They Do. Parents' Employment and Children's School Success in Germany

59 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2015  

Christina Boll

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

Malte Hoffmann

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

Date Written: February 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we use SOEP data to explore whether parents’ employment has an extra effect on the school achievement of their children, beyond the well‐established effects of education, income and demography. First, we test whether the source of income or parents’ unemployment determine children’s school achievements. Second, we analyze the effect of job prestige and factors of societal engagement on children’s performance. Our results indicate no clear income associations but the existence of an employment channel as well as a social channel from mothers to their kids. A negative role model for girls is found for maternal housework. Moreover, the fathers’ job prestige is substantial.

Suggested Citation

Boll, Christina and Hoffmann, Malte, It's Not All About Parents’ Education, It Also Matters what They Do. Parents' Employment and Children's School Success in Germany (February 2015). SOEPpaper No. 735. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569163 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2569163

Christina Boll (Contact Author)

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) ( email )

Heimhuder Strasse 71
Hamburg, DE Hamburg 20148
Germany

Malte Hoffmann

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) ( email )

Heimhuder Strasse 71
Hamburg, DE Hamburg 20148
Germany

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