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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

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Front Econ Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (4) : 568-591
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Parental Education and Wages: Evidence from China
Yuanyuan Chen(), Shuaizhang Feng
School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
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This paper investigates the relationship between parents’ education and children’s wage using two nationally representative data sets in China. Controlling for other things, both father’s and mother’s education are positively correlated with children’s wage. Nevertheless, returns to father’s education are lower in more market-oriented segments of the economy, including coastal regions, the non-state sector, and the later period of the reform era (post-1992), while the opposite is true for mother’s education. We argue that this new empirical evidence is consistent with the story that father’s education mainly indicates family connections useful for locating a better-paying first job, while mother’s education primarily captures unmeasured ability.

Keywords parental education      wages      family connections      unmeasured ability     
Corresponding Authors: Yuanyuan Chen,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2011
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Yuanyuan Chen,Shuaizhang Feng. Parental Education and Wages: Evidence from China[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2011, 6(4): 568-591.
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