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Investing in children's education: Are Muslim immigrants different?

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Authors Andreea Mitrut
Francois-Charles Wolff
ISSN 1403-2465
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Economics
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/34177
Keywords immigrants, religion, education, intra-household inequality, France
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

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 religion, 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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