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Analyzing educational achievement differences between second-generation immigrants: comparing Germany and German-speaking Switzerland


Kunz, Johannes S (2014). Analyzing educational achievement differences between second-generation immigrants: comparing Germany and German-speaking Switzerland. Working paper series / Department of Economics 174, University of Zurich.

Abstract

In this study, I provide evidence that the educational achievement of second-generation immigrants in German-speaking Switzerland is greater than in Germany. The impact of the first-generation immigrants’ destination decision on their offspring’s educational achievement seems to be much more important than has been recognized by the existing literature. I identify the test score gap between these students that cannot be explained by differences in individual and family characteristics. Moreover, I show how this gap evolves over the test score distribution and how the least favorably-endowed students fare. My results suggest that the educational system
of Switzerland, relative to the German system, enhances the performance of immigrants’ children substantially. This disparity is largest when conditioning on the language spoken at home, and prevails even when comparing only students whose parents migrated from the same country of origin.

Abstract

In this study, I provide evidence that the educational achievement of second-generation immigrants in German-speaking Switzerland is greater than in Germany. The impact of the first-generation immigrants’ destination decision on their offspring’s educational achievement seems to be much more important than has been recognized by the existing literature. I identify the test score gap between these students that cannot be explained by differences in individual and family characteristics. Moreover, I show how this gap evolves over the test score distribution and how the least favorably-endowed students fare. My results suggest that the educational system
of Switzerland, relative to the German system, enhances the performance of immigrants’ children substantially. This disparity is largest when conditioning on the language spoken at home, and prevails even when comparing only students whose parents migrated from the same country of origin.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:I21, I24, J15
Uncontrolled Keywords:Immigrant comparison, educational achievement decomposition, Germany and Switzerland
Language:English
Date:September 2014
Deposited On:30 Sep 2014 11:45
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 07:19
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:40
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp174.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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