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Parental Income and Continuing Education of Second Generation Immigrants in Sweden


  • Ali Tasiran
  • Kerem Tezic


Understanding the economic integration of minority ethnic communities requires an analysis of the educational process. This paper examines second-generation immigrant youths' educational attainments in comparison with those of similarly aged native Swedes. Binomial-logit, grouped-regression and multinomial-logit models are applied to longitudinal data, 1991-1996. The results give evidence for socioeconomic determinants of post-compulsory education and for parental influence on educational choices. Parental income affects second-generation immigrants' post-compulsory education and Swedes' choice of level of education. In general, the stronger the labour market positions of the parents, the higher the probability of the children continuing education. It is also found that the geographical origin of second-generation immigrants matter, with youths of Asian origin having a higher probability of continuing their education. We suggest policy changes on different levels based on the evidence of the paper, as short-run, long-run and in general.

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  • Ali Tasiran & Kerem Tezic, 2006. "Parental Income and Continuing Education of Second Generation Immigrants in Sweden," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(4), pages 491-514.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:20:y:2006:i:4:p:491-514
    DOI: 10.1080/02692170600874176

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    1. NONNEMAN, Walter, 2012. "School achievement and failure of immigrant children in Flanders," Working Papers 2012008, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.


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