The Park Place Economist


Education is a proven determinate of one’s income. From a policy point of view an important question is whether the children of the first-generation immigrants are capable of acquiring a good socio-economic position, and if so, to what extent. Since educational attainment is a strong determinant of the labor market position and related variables like income, a focus on the educational achievements of the second-generation makes sense. Rather, if these second generation immigrants are being educated, entering the work force and likely raising children in the US, it is likely that their education will be passed on.

So if there is that effect of having immigrant parents on education, is this affect the same for every country of origin? Likely not. As mentioned earlier, every country has its own customs and beliefs, and thus, its own views on the importance of school. Do these nation specific differences give different effects on the educational attainment of the children of immigrants? And if so, which countries have stronger positive effects on their second-generation?