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The apple falls increasingly far: parent-child correlation in schooling and the growth of post-secondary education in Switzerland


Hanslin, Sandra; Winkelmann, Rainer; Cattaneo, Alejandra (2007). The apple falls increasingly far: parent-child correlation in schooling and the growth of post-secondary education in Switzerland. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik = Swiss journal of economics and statistics, 143(2):133-153.

Abstract

We analyze the completed highest education degree of two birth cohorts (1934-1943 and 1964-1973) in Switzerland, using data from the 1999 Swiss Household Panel. The fraction of tertiary graduates has increased over time, for women more so than for men. Educational attainment depends strongly on the educational attainment of parents. For women, we find that a substantial fraction of the overall increase in participation in tertiary education can be explained by the narrowing gap in participation rates between women with lowly educated parents and women with highly educated parents. Logit models show that financial problems have become more important as an impediment for higher education.

We analyze the completed highest education degree of two birth cohorts (1934-1943 and 1964-1973) in Switzerland, using data from the 1999 Swiss Household Panel. The fraction of tertiary graduates has increased over time, for women more so than for men. Educational attainment depends strongly on the educational attainment of parents. For women, we find that a substantial fraction of the overall increase in participation in tertiary education can be explained by the narrowing gap in participation rates between women with lowly educated parents and women with highly educated parents. Logit models show that financial problems have become more important as an impediment for higher education.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:March 2007
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:22
Publisher:Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik = Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics
ISSN:0303-9692
Additional Information:Free full text article
Related URLs:http://www.sjes.ch (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2231

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