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ERIC Number: EJ1115274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
What Skills Can Buy: Transmission of Advantage through Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills
Doren, Catherine; Grodsky, Eric
Sociology of Education, v89 n4 p321-342 Oct 2016
Parental income and wealth contribute to children's success but are at least partly endogenous to parents' cognitive and noncognitive skills. We estimate the degree to which mothers' skills measured in early adulthood confound the relationship between their economic resources and their children's postsecondary education outcomes. Analyses of National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 suggest that maternal cognitive and noncognitive skills attenuate half of parental income's association with child baccalaureate college attendance, a fifth of its association with elite college attendance, and a quarter of its association with bachelor's degree completion. Maternal skills likewise attenuate a third of parental wealth's association with children's baccalaureate college attendance, half of its association with elite college attendance, and a fifth of its association with bachelor's degree completion. Observational studies of the relationship between parents' economic resources and children's postsecondary attainments that fail to account for parental skills risk seriously overstating the benefits of parental income and wealth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale; Rotter Internal External Locus of Control Scale
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