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Conference Paper Europe: Addressing the Social Agenda Conference

Family Background and Educational Attainments


Publication date

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.


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