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Ethnic Composition and School Performance of Turkish Migrant Students in Seven Countries
21/05/2015- News
Ethnic Composition and School Performance of Turkish Migrant Students in Seven Countries
Researchers Gert-Jan Martijn Veerman and Jaap Dronkers examine the effect of the ethnic composition on school performances in secondary education for Turkish students, using both cross-national and Swiss national PISA 2009 data.

At school level their results show no effect of the proportion of natives or the proportion of coethnics and a negative association between ethnic diversity and math performances. Consequently, they find no evidence for social capital advantages and an indication of barriers. Finally, they also find no association between social capital variables on national or educational system level and math performance.

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The Immigrant Advantage in Adolescent Educational Expectations
19/05/2015- News
The Immigrant Advantage in Adolescent Educational Expectations
Previous research has shown uniquely high expectations among children of immigrants. Researchers Cynthia Feliciano and Yader R. Lanuza focused on why children of immigrants have an expectations advantage over their native-born counterparts or if this has changed over time.

Their study shows that an immigrant advantage in graduate school expectations persists among adolescent children of immigrants today. Regression analyses reveal that this advantage is largely explained by higher parental expectations, greater interest in school, and foreign language use in early childhood. 

They argue that these factors can be conceptualized as forms of cultural capital stemming from unique aspects of the immigrant experience that are common across immigrant families.

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Call for papers: 9th European Workshop on Labour, Health and Education under Demographic Change
01/06/2015- Call for papers
Call for papers: 9th European Workshop on Labour, Health and Education under Demographic Change
We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions from both a micro- and macro-economic perspective. At micro-level we are interested, inter alia, in the impact of a prolonged life-course on labour supply and on the demand for health care and education; in health behaviours and education as determinants of longevity; in the relationship between fertility, female education and labour supply; in the interplay between demographic change and household allocations; in the way population ageing is changing occupational structures and career paths; and in the compatibility of labour supply, child care and old age care. At macro-level we are interested, inter alia, in the impact of demographic change on the supply and demand for workers as well as on the finance of health care, long term care and education; in the interplay between demography and human capital as drivers of economic growth and development; in the spatial interrelationship between population change and labour markets, health care and education; and in the interplay between demographic change and gender equality. We prefer the submission of full draft papers, but are willing to consider extended abstracts (3 pages). Please direct your submission (in PDF format) and any enquiries to the following email address: lhedc.VID@oeaw.ac.at.
Proximity of Couples to Parents: Influences of Gender, Labor Market, and Family
15/05/2015- News
Proximity of Couples to Parents: Influences of Gender, Labor Market, and Family
Researchers Tak Wing Chan and John Ermisch use household survey data from the UK to study how close middle-aged men and women in partnerships live to their parents and their partner’s parents.

They find a slight tendency for couples to live closer to the woman’s parents than the man’s. This tendency is more pronounced among couples in which neither partner has a college degree and in which there is a child.

In other respects, proximity to parents is gender-neutral, with the two partners having equal influence on intergenerational proximity. Better-educated couples live farther from their parents. And although certain family characteristics matter, intergenerational proximity is primarily driven by factors affecting mobility over long distances, which are mainly associated with the labor market, as opposed to gender or family circumstances.

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