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Intergenerational Mobility and Return Migration: Comparing sons of foreign and native born fathers

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  • Christian Dustmann

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    (Department of Economics and Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London)

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This paper studies the intergenerational mobility in earnings and education for father-son pairs with native and foreign born fathers. We develop a simple model which illustrates that a higher probability of a permanent migration of the parent increases educational investments into the child. Our empirical evidence is largely consistent with this. We find higher intergenerational mobility for father-son pairs with native born fathers than with foreign born fathers. For the foreign born, we find that son's permanent wages are strongly and positively associated with the probability of the father's permanent migration. Investigating investments into education, we find again a strong association between the probability of the father's permanent migration, and the son's educational attainments. These effects remain if in addition we condition on father's education, or on father's permanent earnings.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 0505.

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Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:crm:wpaper:0505

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  1. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Trong-Ha Nguyen, 2010. "Immigration Background and the Intergenerational Correlation in Education," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2010n09, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  2. Leonardo Bonilla, 2010. "Movilidad intergeneracional en educación en las ciudades," REVISTA DE ECONOMÍA DEL ROSARIO, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.

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