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The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends

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  • Hertz Tom

    () (American University)

  • Jayasundera Tamara

    () (American University)

  • Piraino Patrizio

    () (University of Siena)

  • Selcuk Sibel

    () (American University)

  • Smith Nicole

    () (American University)

  • Verashchagina Alina

    () (University of Siena)

Abstract

This paper estimates 50-year trends in the intergenerational persistence of educational attainment for a sample of 42 nations around the globe. Large regional differences in educational persistence are documented, with Latin America displaying the highest intergenerational correlations, and the Nordic countries the lowest. We also demonstrate that the global average correlation between parent and child's schooling has held steady at about 0.4 for the past fifty years.

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  • Hertz Tom & Jayasundera Tamara & Piraino Patrizio & Selcuk Sibel & Smith Nicole & Verashchagina Alina, 2008. "The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2), pages 1-48, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:7:y:2008:i:2:n:10
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    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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