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Intergenerational transmission of education: The case of rural China

Yongqing Dong (), Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Chengfang Liu and Yunli Bai

China Economic Review, 2019, vol. 53, issue C, 311-323

Abstract: The intergenerational transmission of education has received considerable attention in recent empirical research in many countries. However, the research on intergenerational transmission of education in China is still relatively rare. This paper investigates the impact of parental schooling on their children's schooling in rural China using the data collected by the authors themselves. Our results show that (i) the intergenerational transmission of education in rural China is not as high as those have been reported in the literature for several other countries;(ii) There exists significant transmission effect of education in the subgroup born after the 1980s, but not for those who were born in the year of 1980 onward. The results also stand up to several different tests and robustness checks. Our findings suggest that promoting the equal education opportunity and investing in children of disadvantaged group will have long-term effects for the accumulation of human capital. China can promote increasing gains for its acquisition of human capital, and tap into this foundation for sustainable growth and development in the future.

Keywords: Intergenerational transmission; Education; Rural China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2018.09.011

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