Orhan Torul, Boğaziçi University: Intergenerational Educational Mobility in Europe

Staff lunch seminar. Orhan Torul  is an assistant professor at Boğaziçi University. He will present a paper entitled "Intergenerational Educational Mobility in Europe", co-authored by Oğuz Öztunalı.

Orhan Torul


In this paper, we investigate the empirical evolution of intergenerational educational mobility in Europe at country and country group scales. We first show that intergenerational educational persistence, i.e. the educational immobility probability across generations, displays considerable heterogeneity, both in level and in time trend, across countries and country groups: Mediterranean, Post-Socialist, Nordic and the Rest of European country groups. We next report that intergenerational educational mobility figures display further heterogeneity over educational composition of parental couples and gender of descendants. We also document the evolution of educational inequality in Europe, and investigate how educational inequality and intergenerational mobility figures interact with each other. We report that intergenerational educational elasticity correlates positively with educational inequality, thus the “Educational Great Gatsby’" hypothesis holds true in Europe. We further show that the link between equality of educational opportunity, i.e. a measure capturing how de facto high education prospects of descendants vary over their parental education, and educational inequality is present, as well.



Host: Kjetil Storesletten

Published Apr. 27, 2017 1:02 PM - Last modified May 18, 2017 11:07 AM