Educational attainment across generations: the role of immigration background

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Nguyen, Trong-Ha (2012) Educational attainment across generations: the role of immigration background. Economic Record, 88 283: 554-575. doi:10.1111/1475-4932.12001

Author Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Nguyen, Trong-Ha
Total Author Count Override 2
Title Educational attainment across generations: the role of immigration background
Journal name Economic Record   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-0249
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1475-4932.12001
Volume 88
Issue 283
Start page 554
End page 575
Total pages 21
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper analyses educational attainment among immigrant and native-born youth in Australia. We find that young Australians from non-English-speaking-background (NESB) immigrant families have an educational advantage over their English-speaking-background (ESB) immigrant and Australian-born peers. The educational advantages associated with immigrant parents’ higher educational attainment are counterbalanced by the disadvantages associated with immigrant families’ greater socioeconomic disadvantage, making endowment effects overall relatively unimportant in explaining the gap. Instead, most of the educational gap associated with immigration background stems from differences in the educational attainment of immigrant and native-born youths with the same characteristics. While immigrant parents do not have an enhanced ability to transmit their own educational advantage to their children, they are more effective in shielding their children from some of the negative educational consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage. Finally, immigrant youths’ residential patterns convey substantial educational advantages to them.
Keyword Education attainment
Socioeconomic Status (ses)
Young population
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 27 November 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 05 Dec 2012, 10:55:56 EST by Ha Nguyen on behalf of Medicine - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital