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Does Family Background Affect Earnings through Education? A Generalised Approach to Mediation Analysis

Silvia Mendolia and Peter Siminski

No 9917, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We seek to quantify the role of education as a mechanism through which family background affects earnings. To this end, we propose a generalisation of statistical 'mediation analysis'. In our approach, the treatment and mediator can be multidimensional. This allows us to directly and flexibly account for a range of background characteristics which affect child earnings through the pathway of education and through other mechanisms. The results suggest that educational attainment explains 24%-39% of the overall family background effect on earnings in Australia. The mediating role of education seems to be larger for Australia than for the UK.

Keywords: mediation analysis; intergenerational mobility; equality of opportunity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C49 I24 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2016-04
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Published - published in Economics of Education Review 59 (2017), 1-12

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