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Number of Siblings and Educational Choices of Immigrant Children: Evidence from First- and Second-Generation Immigrants

Dominique Meurs (), Patrick Puhani and Friederike von Haaren ()
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Friederike von Haaren: NIW Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover

No 9106, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We document the educational integration of immigrant children with a focus on the link between family size and educational decisions and distinguishing particularly between first- and second-generation immigrants and between source country groups. First, for immigrant adolescents, we show family-size adjusted convergence to almost native levels of higher education track attendance from the first to the second generation of immigrants. Second, we find that reduced fertility is associated with higher educational outcomes for immigrant children, possibly through a quantity-quality trade-off. Third, we show that between one third and the complete difference in family-size adjusted educational outcomes between immigrants from different source countries or immigrant generations can be explained by parental background. This latter holds true for various immigrant groups in both France and Germany, two major European economies with distinct immigration histories.

Keywords: quantity-quality trade-off; integration; migration; decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J15 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-06
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Published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2017, 15 (4), 1137–1158

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