Expectations of Malaysian Mothers for the Schooling of Their Children

by Linda Waite, Dennis N. De Tray, Ronald R. Rindfuss

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Develops a model of relationships between a mother's early life experiences and her expectations for the eventual educational attainment of her young children. The Note uses data from Peninsular Malaysia. Section II outlines a model of intergenerational status transmission that focuses on key events in young women's lives--education, labor force participation before marriage, and age at family formation--and their effects on women's attitudes. Section III reviews briefly described Malaysian society and the cultural context on which this work is based. Section IV describes the database, characteristics of the working sample, and gives variable definitions. Results are discussed in Sec. V and the Note is summarized in Sec. VI.

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