Family Characteristics and the Returns to Schooling: Evidence on Gender Differences from a Sample of Australian Twins
Data from the Australian Twins Survey are analyzed in order to compare the relative importance of the role of family background as a mediating influence on the relationship between schooling and income for males and females. The analysis reveals that family background is a considerably greater influence on males than on females. This finding is consistent with a greater screening role for education in the case of females and with a process of intergenerational transmission of inequality for males but not for females. Copyright 1997 by The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Volume (Year): 64 (1997)
Issue (Month): 253 (February)
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