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Investing in children's education: Are Muslim immigrants different?

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  • Mitrut, Andreea

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Wolff, Francois-Charles

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    (LEMNA, Université de Nantes, France)

Abstract

Using a unique data set on immigrants living in France in 2003, we investigate whether Muslims invest differently in their children’s education compared to non-Muslims. In particular, we want to assess whether educational inequalities between the children of Muslim and non-Muslim immigrants stem from differences between or within families. After controlling for a broad set of individual and household characteristics, we find no difference in education between children of different religions. However, we do find more within-family inequality in children’s educational achievements among Muslims relative to non-Muslims. The within-family variance is 15% higher among Muslims relative to Catholics and 45% higher relative to immigrants with other religion, but the intra-family inequality remains difficult to explain. Overall, our results suggest that Muslim parents tend to redistribute their resources more unequally among their children.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 575.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 11 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0575

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Keywords: immigrants; religion; education; intra-household inequality; France;

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