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The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends

Tom Hertz
  • 1American University,
/ Tamara Jayasundera
  • 2American University,
/ Patrizio Piraino
  • 3University of Siena,
/ Sibel Selcuk
  • 4American University,
/ Nicole Smith
  • 5American University,
/ Alina Verashchagina
  • 6University of Siena,
Published Online: 2008-01-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.1775


This paper estimates 50-year trends in the intergenerational persistence of educational attainment for a sample of 42 nations around the globe. Large regional differences in educational persistence are documented, with Latin America displaying the highest intergenerational correlations, and the Nordic countries the lowest. We also demonstrate that the global average correlation between parent and child's schooling has held steady at about 0.4 for the past fifty years.

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Keywords: intergenerational mobility; educational persistence

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Published Online: 2008-01-30

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