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Is Child like Parent? Educational Attainment and Ethnic Origin

Ira N. Gang and Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 35, No. 3 (Summer, 2000), pp. 550-569
DOI: 10.2307/146392
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/146392
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Abstract

The speed at which immigrants assimilate is the subject of debate. Human capital formation plays a major role in this discussion. We compare second generation immigrants' educational attainments to those of similarly aged natives. Evidence from German data suggests ethnicity matters: ethnic network size has a positive effect on educational attainment, and a clear pattern is exhibited between countries-of-origin and education even in the second generation. For children of the foreign-born, parental schooling plays no role in educational choices. For Germans, contrary to the literature's general findings, there is a statistically significant difference in favor of father's over mother's education.

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