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The Cultural Capital of Immigrant Families and The Impact on Student Performance: Evidence from Germany

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  • Botezat, A

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The aim of this paper is twofold. It intends to examine to what extent the school performance of immigrant students depends on their cultural background as well as to explain the link between the intergenerational transfer of cultural capital and the educational achievement. Using PISA data 2003 for Germany we examine the validity of cultural reproduction and cultural mobility theories in the case of immigrant students. We show that the education of parents has a higher positive impact on the student performance only in the case of German students. Parental education has no effect on school achievement of immigrants, unless the mother has a low level of education. The educational resources influence to a greater extent the school performance of immigrants. The possession of cultural resources is a strong predictor for educational achievement only for German students

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Article provided by Euro-American Association of Economic Development in its journal Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:11:y2011:i:2_6

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Keywords: cultural capital; immigration; PISA;

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  1. Gang, Ira N. & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 1999. "Is Child like Parent? Educational Attainment and Ethnic Origin," IZA Discussion Papers 57, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Paola Sapienza & Luigi Zingales & Luigi Guiso, 2006. "Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes?," NBER Working Papers 11999, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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