Is Child Like Parent? Educational Attainment and Ethnic Origin

31 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 1996

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Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Date Written: September 1999

Abstract

The speed at which immigrants assimilate is the subject of debate. Human capital formation plays a major role in this discussion. This paper compares the educational attainment of second generation immigrants to those of natives in the same age cohort. Evidence using a large German data set suggests ethnicity does matter: the size of the ethnic network has a positive effect on educational attainment, and a clear pattern is exhibited between countries-of-origin and educational attainment even in the second generation. For the children of the foreign-born, parental schooling plays no role in making educational choices. However, for Germans, contrary to the general findings in the literature, there is a statistically significant difference in favor of father's education over mother's education.

JEL Classification: I21, J15, J62

Suggested Citation

Gang, Ira N. and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Is Child Like Parent? Educational Attainment and Ethnic Origin (September 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3520

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