Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 999–1022

Investing in children’s education: are Muslim immigrants different?


    • Department of EconomicsUppsala University
    • UCLSUppsala University
    • Department of EconomicsUniversity of Gothenburg
    • Department of Statistics and EconometricsBucharest University of Economic Studies
  • François-Charles Wolff
    • LEMNAUniversité de Nantes
    • INED
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0519-7

Cite this article as:
Mitrut, A. & Wolff, F. J Popul Econ (2014) 27: 999. doi:10.1007/s00148-014-0519-7


Using a unique data set on immigrants living in France in 2003, we investigate whether Muslims invest differently in their children’s education compared to non-Muslims. In particular, we want to assess whether educational inequalities between the children of Muslim and non-Muslim immigrants stem from differences between or within families. After controlling for a broad set of individual and household characteristics, we find no difference in education between children of different religions. However, we do find more within-family inequality in children’s educational achievements among Muslims relative to non-Muslims. The within-family variance is 15 % higher among Muslims relative to Catholics and 45 % higher relative to immigrants with other religions, but the intra-family inequality remains difficult to explain. Overall, our results suggest that Muslim parents tend to redistribute their resources more unequally among their children.


ImmigrantsReligionEducationIntra-household inequalityFrance

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