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Does Family Background Matter? - Returns to Education and Family Characteristics in Germany

Isabel Gödde () and Reinhold Schnabel ()
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Isabel Gödde: Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Postal: D-68131 Mannheim

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No 98-60, Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications from Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of family background on wages and returns to education. Using data from the GSOEP, we show that family background matters in the determination of wages. Moreover, returns to education appear to be heterogeneous with family background accounting for part of this heterogeneity. Estimated returns to education are higher for individuals from families with lower education levels. However, a simple regression analysis suffers from serious endogeneity problems. The construction of a sibling sample allows to control for unobserved characteristics that are shared by family members. Using a family fixed-effects estimation we attempt to reduce the endogeneity bias. Our results suggest that the conventional estimates overstate the returns to education. Moreover, family background accounts or a large part of the variation in wages in the sibling sample.

Pages: 23 pages
Date: 1998-05-15
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Note: Financial Support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, SFB 504, at the University of Mannheim, is gratefully acknowledged. We would like to thank Kenneth Chay for very helpful advice. Moreover, we would like to thank Axel Börsch-Supan and the participants of the Brown Bag Seminar at the University of Mannheim for comments.
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