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Number of Siblings and Educational Mobility

Judith Blake
American Sociological Review
Vol. 50, No. 1 (Feb., 1985), pp. 84-94
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095342
Page Count: 11
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Number of Siblings and Educational Mobility
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Abstract

With regard to educational attainment has American society been relatively open for those from small families and relatively ascriptive for those from large ones? This analysis by separate sibsizes suggests that the influence of the father's education on the son's schooling has, indeed, been conditional on sibsize. Moreover, the interaction itself has differed according to the level of the son's education. Replication for three age groups, 20-34, 35-49, and 50-64, maintains the inverse relation between sibsize and mobility. In addition, for small and medium sibsizes, we find an increase in mobility over time, but, for large ones, virtually no change in the slopes for the father's education. The educational mobility of American men thus seems to have benefited from a dual set of trends-decreases in the effect (slope) of social origins on educational attainment among small and medium sibsizes, and a compositional shift in the population from large to smaller families.

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