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Patterns and Determinants of Intergenerational Educational Mobility: Evidence Across Countries

Hanol Lee () and Jong-Wha Lee ()

No 2019-02, AGI Working Paper Series from Asian Growth Research Institute

Abstract: This study measures the intergenerational persistence of education attainment, using internationally comparable data for parents’ and children’s education levels by age cohort for 30 countries, and identifies its determinants. The estimated intergenerational regression coefficients show that educational mobility worsened over generations in most countries, but its degrees varies considerably across countries and over time. The country-cohort panel regressions show that intergenerational educational mobility decreases with educational expansion, income inequality and credit constraints, and increases with per-capita GDP. The results also highlight the importance of progressive public expenditure on education for improving intergenerational educational mobility.

Keywords: intergenerational mobility; education; income inequality; education spending; credit constraint; E24; I24; O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-02
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