New publication shows the non-linear relationship between parental wealth and children’s post- secondary transitions in Germany

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Nora Müller, Klaus Pforr, Oshrat Hochman, The non-linear relationship between parental wealth and children’s post- secondary transitions in Germany in: SozW Soziale Welt, Seite 268 - 307, SozW, Jahrgang 71 (2020), Heft 3, ISSN print: 0038-6073, ISSN online: 0038-6073

https://doi.org/10.5771/0038-6073-2020-3-268

The paper addresses the relationship between parental wealth and children’s post-secondary transitions. More specifically, the authors contrast the likelihood of children with an upper secondary degree to make a transition into further education or the labor market with their likelihood to stay inactive, i.e., to engage neither in further education nor in labor market activity (NEET) after leaving school for the first time. While previous research argues that there is a general positive association between parental wealth and children’s educational and occupational transitions, the authors argue that for children of wealthy parents, this association might be weaker or even negative.

Although not statistically significant, the results show that the relationship between parental wealth and children’s post-secondary transitions is not linear. The study contributes to previous research by providing a detailed examination of the potential mechanisms underlying the relationship between parental wealth and children’s post-secondary transitions.