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The Intergenerational Transmission of beliefs about Achievement Attribution

Authors Li, Zhonglu HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Issue Date 2016
Summary In this paper, we try to answer three questions through analyzing the recently national representative data from China Family Panel Studies (CFPS2010). First, is there any evidence about intergenerational transmission of beliefs about achievement attribution? Second, is there any the heteroge neous effect of parents’ achievement attribution on children’s across social groups? Thirdly, what are the role of local values when parents transmitting their values to children? In sum, our results shows that there is a significantly positive relationship between parents’ and children’s beliefs about the relative importance of ascribed factors versus achieved factors for individual success, the relationship is robust after controlling a set of confounding variables, including parents’ social economic status, children’s education, demographic variables of parents and children, the relationship also holds across cohorts and social groups. Furthermore, our instruments variable analysis confirms the positive relationship between parents’ and children’s values are causal. In terms of the role of local values ,our findings show that local prevailing values has significant effect on children’s attitudes, but when the noisy is larger in the community, the effect of parents’ values on children’s values becomes smaller. As for the heterogeneous effect, our results show that highly educated parents are more likely to transmit their values to children than lower education counterparts; and children who are at school are less likely to be affected by their parents.
Conference International Sociological Association (ISA) 2016 Summer Conference, Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28), Singapore, 26-28 May 2016, Theme: Intergenerational Transfer, Human Capital and Inequality
Language English
Format Conference paper
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