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Cohort effects in the educational attainment of second generation immigrants in Germany: An analysis of census data

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Even though second generation immigrants make up ever increasing population shares in industrialized countries we know little about their social integration and wellbeing. This study focuses on the educational attainment of German born children of immigrants. Their schooling success still lags behind that of natives. This paper investigates school attendance and completed degrees of second generation immigrants and finds that even after controlling for characteristics the educational gap remains large and significant. The available evidence suggests that this group as a whole does not assimilate to native educational standards and instead increasingly falls behind.

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Correspondence to Regina T. Riphahn.

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This research was completed while the author was guest at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. I am grateful for IZA’s hospitality and particularly for the help of Thomas K. Bauer. I thank the anonymous referees and the editors for very helpful comments. Responsible editors: David Card and Christoph M. Schmidt.

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Riphahn, R. Cohort effects in the educational attainment of second generation immigrants in Germany: An analysis of census data. J Popul Econ 16, 711–737 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-003-0146-1

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  • I21
  • J24
  • J61

Key words

  • Second generation immigrants
  • educational attainment
  • assimilation