Intergenerational Poverty Dynamics in Poland: Family Background and Children’s Educational Attainment During Transition

Beblo, Miriam ; Lauer, Charlotte

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-4103
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2002
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: P36 I21 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Polen , Armut , Chancengleichheit / Bildung , Eltern / Kind , Elternbild
Abstract: In this paper, we analyse the intergenerational transmission of poverty from Polish parents to their children through children's educational attainment during the transition process of the 1990s. The relationship between family background and education is investigated using an ordered probit model of educational attainment with data from the Polish Labour Force Survey. The results show that children's education is strongly related to household structure, parents' education, city size, and region of residence. Household income and the parents' labour market situation have only a weak, though significant, effect on children's education. We conclude that, if poverty transmission takes place between generations, this seems to be primarily caused by the inheritance of human capital rather than by pure wealth effects.
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