Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Intergenerational Educational Persistence in Europe
(), Bernhard Rumplmaier
() and Wilfried Altzinger
Abstract: Primarily using data from the 2010 European Social Survey,
we analyze intergenerational educational persistence in 20 European
countries, studying cross-country and cross-cluster differences in
intergenerational mobility; the role of gender in determining educational
persistence across generations; and changes in the degree of
intergenerational persistence over time. We find that persistence is
highest in the Southern and Eastern European countries, and lowest in the
Nordic countries. While intergenerational persistence in the Nordic and
Southern countries has declined over time, it has remained relatively
steady in the rest of Europe. Further, we find evidence of differences in
intergenerational persistence by gender, with mothers’ education being a
stronger determinant of daughters’ (instead of sons’) education and
fathers’ education a stronger determinant of the education of their sons.
Finally we see that for most clusters differences over time are largely
driven by increasing mobility for younger women.
Keywords: Intergenerational Persistence, Educational Attainment, Educational Welfare States, Europe, Gender; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J62,; I24,; I38,; D63; (follow links to similar papers)
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