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Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment in Germany - The Last Five Decades

  • Guido Heineck


    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Regina T. Riphahn


    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Over the last decades the German education system underwent numerous reforms in order to improve “equality of opportunity”, i.e. to guarantee all pupils independent of parental background equal access to higher education. At the same time internationally comparative evidence yields that Germany features particularly low intergenerational mobility with respect to educational attainment. This study investigates the development in intergenerational education mobility in Germany for the birth cohorts 1929 through 1978 with respect to secondary school attainment. We test whether the impact of parental educational background on child educational outcomes changed over time. In spite of massive public policy interventions and education reforms our results yield no significant reduction in the role of parental educational background for child outcomes over the last decades.

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Article provided by Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 229 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 36-60

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Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:229:y:2009:i:1:p:36-60
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