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The Impact of Parents’ Years since Migration on Children’s Academic Achievement

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  • Helena Skyt Nielsen

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Beatrice Schindler Rangvid

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

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In this paper, we employ register data for eight cohorts of second-generation immigrant pupils to identify the impact of each parent’s years since migration on their children’s school achievements. We exploit local variation in years since migration and within-family variation. We find evidence of a positive impact of parents’ years since migration on children’s academic achievement. Mothers’ years of residence tend to be more important for Danish, while fathers’ years of residence tend to be more important for math. The effects vary by gender, and family-specific effects influence girls’ and boys’ educational attainment differently.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2011-16.

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Length: 31
Date of creation: 20 Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2011-16

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Keywords: intergenerational mobility; years since migration; scholastic achievement; immigrant children; second generation; fixed effects;

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