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Parental Education and Wages: Evidence from China

  • Chen, Yuanyuan

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    (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

  • Feng, Shuaizhang

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    (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

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    Using nationally representative data in China, we find substantial positive partial correlations of both parents' education with one's wage. In addition, returns to father's education are higher in more monopsonistic and less meritocratic labor markets, including non-coastal regions, the state-owned sector, and the early periods of the reform era. The opposite is, however, true with respect to mother's education. Overall, the empirical evidence is consistent with the story that father's education mainly indicates family connections useful for locating a better-paying first job, while mother's education primarily captures unmeasured ability.

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    Length: 39 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2009
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    Publication status: published in: Frontiers of Economics in China, 2011, 6 (4), 568-591
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4218
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