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Parental background matters: Intergenerational mobility and assimilation of Italian immigrants in Germany

Timm Bönke () and Guido Neidhöfer ()

Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems from Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich

Abstract: We investigate the hypothesis of failed integration and low social mobility of immigrants. An intergenerational assimilation model is tested empirically on household survey data and validated against administrative data provided us by the Italian Embassy in Germany. Although we confirm substantial inequality of educational achievements between immigrants and natives, we find that the children of Italian immigrants exhibit high intergenerational mobility and no less opportunities than natives to achieve high schooling degrees. These findings suggest a rejection of the failed assimilation hypothesis. Additionally, we evaluate different patterns by time of arrival, Italian region of origin and language spoken at home.

Keywords: Intergenerational Mobility; Education; Integration and Assimilation of Immigrants. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 J15 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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Journal Article: Parental Background Matters: Intergenerational Mobility and Assimilation of Italian Immigrants in Germany (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Parental background matters: Intergenerational mobility and assimilation of Italian immigrants in Germany (2014) Downloads
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