Conference Paper Europe: Addressing the Social Agenda Conference
Family Background and Educational Attainments
03 Nov 2005
The paper surveys the impact of parents on their children's economic success, from genes to actions before the child's birth (e.g. affecting birthweight) to other decisions during a child's life (e.g. schooling, residential location). Family environment early in a child's life has a substantial impact on subsequent educational achievement. A 'favourable environment' appears to be correlated with socio-economic status.