Quotation Oberdabernig, Doris, Schneebaum, Alyssa. 2017. Catching Up? The educational mobility of migrants' and natives' children in Europe:. Applied Economics 49 (37), 3701-3728.




Migrants into European countries are often less educated than European natives. We analyse whether migrants’ children are more or less likely than natives’ children to achieve upward educational mobility across generations, and study differences in the factors, which contribute to differences in mobility for the two groups. We find that migrants’ descendants are more often upwardly mobile (and less often downwardly mobile) than their native peers in the majority of countries studied, and show that the main factor contributing to these patterns is the education level of parents. Although a lower parental education means that their children are less likely to access the same amount of human, social and financial capital as children of more highly educated parents, migrants’ descendants over the last two generations were able to make significant progress in reducing education gaps with natives.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Applied Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-D
Language English
Title Catching Up? The educational mobility of migrants' and natives' children in Europe:
Volume 49
Number 37
Year 2017
Page from 3701
Page to 3728
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2016.1267843
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2016.1267843


Schneebaum, Alyssa (Details)
Oberdabernig, Doris (World Trade Institute, Switzerland)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
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