Education transmission and network formation

Vincent Boucher, Carlo L. Del Bello, Fabrizio Panebianco, Thierry Verdier, Yves Zenou

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We propose a model of intergenerational transmission of education wherein children belong to either highly educated or low-educated families. Children choose the intensity of their social activities, while parents decide how much educational effort to exert. Using Add Health data, we find that, on average, children’s homophily acts as a complement to the educational effort of highly educated parents but as a substitute for the educational effort of low-educated parents. We also find that policies that subsidize kids’ socialization efforts can backfire for low-educated students because they tend to increase their interactions with other low-educated students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-173
Number of pages45
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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