Education and socioeconomic mobility in post-communist countries
Patterns of intergenerational educational mobility are studied in thirteen post-communist countries of Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. No clear trend in educational inheritance emerges over the recent 50 years, covering both the period of socialism and transition to a market economy. This is contrary to expectations formed by the existing literature that claims considerable weakening of the correlation between parental education and that of their children during the period of socialism. If any, we find the decrease in intergenerational persistance up until the generation of the 1950s. In subsequent years no further decline is observed. On the contrary in a number of states the correlation between parentsÂ’ and childrenÂ’s schooling got stronger, further increasing over the period of transition.