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Intergenerational Transmissions and the School-to-Work Transition of 2nd Generation Immigrants

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt


    (Aarhus University)

  • Rosholm, Michael


    (Aarhus University)

  • Smith, Nina


    (Aarhus University)

  • Husted, Leif


    (KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research)

We analyse the extent of intergenerational transmission through parental capital, ethnic capital and neighbourhood effects on several aspects of the school-to-work transition of 2 nd generation immigrants and young ethnic Danes. The main findings are that parental capital has strong positive effects on the probability of completing a qualifying education and on the entry into the labour market, but it has a much smaller impact on the duration of the first employment spell and on the wage level. Growing up in neighbourhoods with a high concentration of immigrants is associated with negative labour market prospects both for young natives and 2 nd generation immigrants.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 296.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: May 2001
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2003, 16 (4), 755-786
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp296
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