Gender in Intergenerational Educational Persistence Across Time and Place

Schneebaum, Alyssa and Rumplmaier, Bernhard and Altzinger, Wilfried (2015) Gender in Intergenerational Educational Persistence Across Time and Place. Empirica, 42 (2). pp. 413-445. ISSN 1573-6911


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Primarily using data from the 2010 European Social Survey, we analyze intergenerational educational persistence in 20 European countries, studying cross-country and cross-cluster differences; changes in the degree of intergenerational persistence over time; and the role of gender in determining educational persistence across generations. We find that persistence is highest in the Southern and Eastern European countries, and lowest in the Nordic countries. While persistence in the Nordic and Southern countries has declined over time, it has remained relatively steady in the rest of Europe. Our analysis highlights the importance of a detailed gender analysis in studying intergenerational persistence, finding that mothers education is a stronger determinant of daughters (instead of sons) education and fathers education a stronger determinant of the education of their sons. For most clusters, declines in intergenerational persistence over time are largely driven by increasing mobility for younger women.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. 290647. The final publication is available at Springer via
Keywords: intergenerational persistence / educational attainment / educational welfare states / Europe / gender
Classification Codes: JEL J62, I24, I38, D63
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Makroökonomie
Forschungsinstitute > Verteilungsfragen
Kompetenzzentren > Sustainability Transf. & Responsibility
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Typographical
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 09:46
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