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Family background, gender and cohort effects on schooling decisions

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6

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  • Javier Valbuena

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In this paper we use unique retrospective family background data from wave 13th of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) to analyze the relevance of family background, in particular parental education - separated for fathers and mothers -, and gender on differential educational achievement. We find parents´ education attainments to be strong predictors of the education of their offspring. In particular, maternal education is the main determinant on the decision of whether stay-on beyond compulsory education. Our results are robust to the inclusion of a large set of control variables, including household income.

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  • Javier Valbuena, 2011. "Family background, gender and cohort effects on schooling decisions," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 6,in: Antonio Caparrós Ruiz (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6, edition 1, volume 6, chapter 15, pages 258-290 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
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    Keywords

    Educational attainment; Schooling; Early school leaving; Education transmission;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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