Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Ethnic School Segregation and Second-generation Immigrants' Human Capital
Abstract: Recent research has shown that there is a substantial
skill difference in Sweden between natives and second-generation
immigrants. The objective of this study is to find out whether there exists
a relationship between ethnic school segregation and the individualís human
capital. The variation in ethnic concentration rate between cohorts within
a school generally does not affect the individualís human capital outcome.
However when estimating specific peer influences between different ethnic
groups (first-generation immigrants, second generation immigrants with two
foreign-born parent and second generation immigrants with one foreign-born
parent) the study shows three major findings. First, for men (both natives
and second-generation immigrants) there is a general negative effect of
having a large share of first-generation immigrant schoolmates. Second, for
both men and women a large share of schoolmates with a completely foreign
background (non-native parents) has a negative influence on the Swedish
grades of second-generation immigrants with two foreign-born parents.
Third, for men there seem to exist specific and positive peer influences
within the groups of second-generation immigrants with either one or two
Keywords: Ethnic Segregation; second-generation immigrants; human capital test score gap; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; J24; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, April 28, 2011
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