The intergenerational transmission of education : new evidence from adoptions in the United States

Silles, Mary A.

Hull University Business School
Adoption; Education; Intergenerational mobility
2017

Journal article


Abstract

This article examines the influence of parental education on children’s grade-for-age using a large sample of adoptees drawn from the American Community Survey between 2008 and 2014. The results show that mother’s education is not an important determinant of the education of adopted children, despite statistically significant effects for own-birth children. The results for fathers are different. Among adopted white children, the effect of father’s education is shown to be a statistically significant determinant of grade retention. However, among black children, adoptive father’s education does not appear to have any discernible effect on children’s education. A range of sensitivity tests are undertaken to check the validity of these results. The differences in these patterns between white and black students suggest the presence of racial differences in the intergenerational transmission of education.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Identifier
hull:14390

Journal

Journal title
Economica
Publication date
2017
Publisher
Wiley
DOI
10.1111/ecca.12240
ISSN (Print)
0013-0427
ISSN (Electronic)
1468-0335
Restriction
Full text not available in this repository until: May 2019.
Notes

This is a description of an article which has been accepted for future publication in: Economica, 2017

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