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Institutional Determinants of Intergenerational Education Transmission - Comparing Alternative Mechanisms for Natives and Immigrants

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  • Philipp C. Bauer
  • Regina T. Riphahn

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We use census data on 26 Swiss cantons to determine the association of educational institutions with the intergenerational transmission of education. We test whether education transmission is higher when children enter kindergarten and school earlier and when tracking occurs at a later age. In contrast to the literature we consider the three institutions jointly. Our evidence matches hypotheses when institutions are studied in separation. Educational mobility is positively associated with early kindergarten attendance, particularly for immigrants. Time of tracking loses statistical significance when kindergarten and school entry regimes are held constant. Our results are robust to various alternative specifications.

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  • Philipp C. Bauer & Regina T. Riphahn, 2012. "Institutional Determinants of Intergenerational Education Transmission - Comparing Alternative Mechanisms for Natives and Immigrants," CESifo Working Paper Series 3987, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Bönke, Timm & Neidhöfer, Guido, 2014. "Parental background matters: Intergenerational mobility and assimilation of Italian immigrants in Germany," Discussion Papers 2014/21, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
    2. Regina T. Riphahn & Parvati Trübswetter, 2013. "The intergenerational transmission of education and equality of educational opportunity in East and West Germany," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(22), pages 3183-3196, August.

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    educational mobility; kindergarten; age of school entry; age of tracking; immigrants;

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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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