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Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 121–148 | Cite as

Heterogeneity in the intergenerational transmission of educational attainment: evidence from Switzerland on natives and second-generation immigrants

Original Paper

Abstract

This study applies rich data from the 2000 Swiss census to investigate the patterns of intergenerational education transmission for natives and second-generation immigrants. The level of secondary schooling attained by youth aged 17 is related to their parents’ educational outcomes based on data on the entire Swiss population. Extending economic theories of child educational attainment, we derive hypotheses regarding the patterns of intergenerational education transmission. The data yield substantial heterogeneity in intergenerational transmission across population groups. Only a small share of this heterogeneity is explained by the predictions of economic theory.

Keywords

Intergenerational transmission Educational attainment Second generation Immigrants 

JEL Classification

I21 J61 

Notes

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the financial support from the Swiss Nation Science Foundations NRP 52 “Childhood, Youth, and Intergenerational Relationships” grant. We thank Holger Bonin, Axel Engellandt, Horst Entorf, George Sheldon, two anonymous referees, and the participants of the IZA AM2 meeting 2004 and the ZEW Education meeting 2005 for helpful comments on earlier versions, and we thank Reto Scherrer for excellent research assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WWZ, University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.WISO, University of ErlangenNurembergGermany

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