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Investing in children's education: are Muslim immigrants different?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, ISSN 0933-1433, E-ISSN 1432-1475, Vol. 27, no 4, 999-1022 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using a unique data set on immigrants living in France in 2003, we investigate whether Muslims invest differently in their children's education compared to non-Muslims. In particular, we want to assess whether educational inequalities between the children of Muslim and non-Muslim immigrants stem from differences between or within families. After controlling for a broad set of individual and household characteristics, we find no difference in education between children of different religions. However, we do find more within-family inequality in children's educational achievements among Muslims relative to non-Muslims. The within-family variance is 15 % higher among Muslims relative to Catholics and 45 % higher relative to immigrants with other religions, but the intra-family inequality remains difficult to explain. Overall, our results suggest that Muslim parents tend to redistribute their resources more unequally among their children.

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2014. Vol. 27, no 4, 999-1022 p.
Keyword [en]
Immigrants, Religion, Education, Intra-household inequality, France
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230916DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0519-7ISI: 000339723400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230916DiVA: diva2:743600
Available from: 2014-09-04 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2014-09-04Bibliographically approved

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