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Inheriting the Future: Intergenerational Persistence of Educational status in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • Justine Burns
  • Malcolm Keswell

    (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

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    This paper examines the changes in the educational attainment of three successive generations in South Africa: grandparents, parents and children. Many of the results accord with widely known facts, such as the educational penalty faced by individuals who are African or who live in rural areas or in female-headed households. Similarly, the larger impact of mothers education on child outcomes relative to fathers education accords with previous work, although it is interesting that this gender difference is only sizeable and significant for relationships between the second and third generation. Key findings in this paper include the fact that persistence has increased with subsequent generations.

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    Paper provided by Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town in its series SALDRU Working Papers with number 71.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ldr:wpaper:71
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    1. Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis, 2001. "The Inheritance of Economic Status: Education, Class, and Genetics," Working Papers 01-01-005, Santa Fe Institute.
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