Assaad, Ragui and Saleh, Mohamed (2018) Does Improved Local Supply of Schooling Enhance Intergenerational Mobility in Education? Evidence from Jordan. World Bank Economic Review, vol. 32 (n° 3).

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This paper examines the effect of increased local supply of schooling on intergenerational mobility in education in Jordan. We use a unique data set that links individual data on own schooling and parents’ schooling for adults, from a household survey, with the annual supply of schools in the sub-district of birth, from a school census. We identify the effect by exploiting the variation in the supply of basic and secondary public schools across cohorts and sub-districts of birth in Jordan, controlling for both cohort and sub-district of birth fixed effects. School availability is determined based on the number of sex-appropriate public schools in the individual’s sub-district of birth at the time the individual was ready to start that schooling stage. Our findings show that the local availability of basic public schools does in fact increase intergenerational mobility in education. For instance, an increase in the supply of basic public schools of one school per 1,000 people reduces the father-son and mother-son associations of schooling by 10 percent and the father-daughter and mother-daughter associations by nearly 30 percent. However, an increase in the local supply of secondary public schools does not seem to have a similar effect on intergenerational mobility in education.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: October 2018
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply of schooling, education, intergenerational mobility, inequality of opportunity, Middle East
JEL Classification: I28 - Government Policy
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 12:33
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 14:56
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