Social mobility and inequality in urban China: understanding the role of intergenerational transmission of education

Elisabetta Magnani, Rong Zhu

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    Abstract

    China’s rapid economic growth since the late 1980s has been accompanied by great economic and social transformations, which have resulted in a sharp increase in income inequality. This article contributes to the literature of social mobility in China by examining the impact of parental education on the education of their children. Using the 1990 and 2000 Chinese Population Censuses, we employ nonparametric estimation strategies to provide a systematic investigation of intergenerational transmission of education in urban China. We find evidence of increasing parents–children educational correlations. Our results raise concerns regarding economic inequality in urban China as high intergenerational persistence of education is expected to be a barrier to equal opportunities in children’s education attainments and their future labour market outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4590-4606
    Number of pages17
    JournalApplied Economics
    Volume47
    Issue number43
    Early online date2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2015

    Keywords

    • economic transition
    • education
    • intergenerational transmission
    • urban China

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