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The intergenerational transmission of educational attainment in East and West Germany

Regina Riphahn () and Parvati Trübswetter ()

No 201104, IAB Discussion Paper from Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany]

Abstract: "Socialist societies often emphasized the abolition of traditional social classes. To achieve this objective, educational opportunities were at times 'actively managed' and allocated to children of less educated parents. What happened to these patterns after the demise of socialist rule in Eastern Europe? We study the development of educational mobility after the fall of the iron curtain in East Germany and compare the relevance of parental educational background for secondary schooling outcomes in East and West Germany. Based on data from the German Mikrozensus we find that educational mobility is lower in East than in West Germany and that it has been falling in East Germany after unification. While the educational advantage of girls declined over time, having many siblings presents a more substantial disadvantage in East than in West Germany." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

Keywords: Bildungsmobilität; Intergenerationsmobilität; Eltern; Kinder; Qualifikationsniveau; Schullaufbahnwahl; Gymnasium; Ostdeutschland; Westdeutschland; Bundesrepublik Deutschland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 J11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2011-02-15
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Published in: Applied Economics, Vol. 45, No. 22 (2013), p. 3183-3196

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