Parental education and child’s education : a natural experiment

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dc.contributor.author Chevalier, Arnaud
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-23T14:26:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-23T14:26:05Z
dc.date.issued 2004-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1285
dc.description.abstract Is the intergenerational educational link due to nature or nurture? In order to answer this dilemma, this paper identifies the effect of parental education on their offspring’s schooling attainment using a discontinuity in the parental educational attainment. The discontinuity stems from changes in the minimum school leaving age legislation which took place in the Seventies in Britain. This strategy identifies the effect of parental schooling only for parents with a lower taste for education and may not reflect the general social returns of parental education. However, since policies are more likely to target children at risk of not maximising their educational potential, the estimates are of interest. Contrary to recent evidence, we find a positive effect of both parents education on their children’s schooling achievements when focusing on natural parents only. Step parents have no or a negative impact on children’s education. In most cases, the endogeneity of parental education is rejected. These estimates suggest substantial social returns to education for same-sex parent. The estimates are robust to the introduction of additional controls for income, labour force participation, fertility and neighbourhood quality, indicating that the effect of parental education is direct. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP04/14 en
dc.subject Educational choice en
dc.subject Intergenerational effect en
dc.subject Educational attainment en
dc.subject.classification I20 en
dc.subject.classification J62 en
dc.subject.lcsh Educational mobility en
dc.subject.lcsh Parent and child en
dc.title Parental education and child’s education : a natural experiment en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2004/WP04.14.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Chevalier|Arnaud|aut| en


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