Education across generations in South Africa

by Duncan Thomas

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The educational attainment of blacks and Asians, especially Asian women, has risen substantially over the last half-century in South Africa. The least-educated blacks have benefited little from this growth (except among the most recent cohorts), although there is some evidence of increasing intergenerational mobility over time-particularly recently. For Asians and coloreds (those of mixed race), household investments in children's human capital appear to be the outcome of a complex process involving negotiation between parents with different preferences.

Originally published in: American Economic Review, May 1996, v. 86, no. 2, pp. 330-334.

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