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Intergenerational Mobility and Schooling Decisions in Germany and Italy: The Impact of Secondary School Tracks

Citation

Checchi, Daniele & Flabbi, Luca (2013). Intergenerational Mobility and Schooling Decisions in Germany and Italy: The Impact of Secondary School Tracks. Rivista di Politica Economica, 103(3), 7-57.

Abstract

Intergenerational mobility in education and income is affected by the influence of parents on children’s school choices. We assess if tracking students at the Secondary School level reduces or magnifies this influence by studying educational systems characterized by student tracking in two different countries, Italy and Germany. Using data from a cross-country survey (PISA 2003), we show that the greater flexibility of the Italian system translates into greater dependence from parental background. Using country-specific data (ISTAT 2001 and GSOEP 2001, 2002), we show that the impact of family background on post-secondary school choices is strongly mediated by secondary school tracks choices.

URL

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2876.pdf

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2013

Journal Title

Rivista di Politica Economica

Author(s)

Checchi, Daniele
Flabbi, Luca