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The scholastic progress of students with entrepreneurial parents


Economics of Education Review Volume 23, Number 3 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Employing the 1988–1994 surveys from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, we find that non- Hispanic white students with self-employed parents in managerial occupations scholastically underperformed after the eighth grade compared to their counterparts from salaried households with respect to mathematics and reading progress, completing high school, and enrolling in college. The findings also show that this relative underachivement rose with household income. When examining non-managerial vocations, however, the empirical results indicate that the relationship between academic achievement and residing in entrepreneurial households is mixed. Given that many managerial trades can be intergenerationally transferred with relative ease, an explanation for our findings is that teenagers with self-employed parents place less importance on formal scholastic activities because of the expectation of working in family-owned businesses.


Dávila, A. & Mora, M.T. The scholastic progress of students with entrepreneurial parents. Economics of Education Review, 23(3), 287-299. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 5, 2020 from .

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