Patterns of Intergenerational Transmission of Education: the case of Senegal
This paper addresses the relationship between schooling and family background characteristics. The econometric analysis uses an original survey conducted in 2003 in Senegal that, uniquely, provides instruments to deal with the endogeneity of background variables. The estimated effect of father’s education more than doubles when its endogeneity is accounted for and, unexpectedly, becomes much bigger than the impact of mother’s education. We also present results suggesting that family background continues to have as much impact after entry to school as it does at younger ages, and that parental education affects children’s schooling through its contribution to parental preferences.
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