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Are Father's or Mother's Socioeconomic Characteristics More Important Influences on Student Performance? Recent International Evidence

G MARKS

Social Indicators Research | Springer | Published : 2008

Abstract

Since the early 1970s the importance of mothers' socioeconomic characteristics on their children's educational and occupational attainment has been acknowledged. However, it is not clear if fathers' characteristics have a stronger influence because men usually have stronger attachments to the labour market, or alternatively mothers' characteristics are more important because of their greater role in children's socialization. This study addresses this question by comparing the influence of father's and mother's education and occupation on student performance in literacy and numeracy using data from 30 countries. The impact of mother's education is usually greater or comparable to that of fath..

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