Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 999–1022

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

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0519-7

Cite this article as:
Mitrut, A. & Wolff, FC. 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.


Immigrants Religion Education Intra-household inequality France 

JEL Classification

J15 D13 Z12 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.UCLSUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Department of Statistics and EconometricsBucharest University of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania
  5. 5.LEMNAUniversité de NantesNantesFrance
  6. 6.INEDParisFrance

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