Mentoring and Schooling Decisions: Causal Evidence

49 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2020

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Armin Falk

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area; briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Fabian Kosse

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Pia Pinger

University of Cologne

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Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Inequality of opportunity strikes when two children with the same academic performance are sent to different quality schools because their parents differ in socio-economic status. Based on a novel dataset for Germany, we demonstrate that children are significantly less likely to enter the academic track if they come from low socio-economic status (SES) families, even after conditioning on prior measures of school performance. We then provide causal evidence that a low-intensity mentoring program can improve long-run education outcomes of low SES children and reduce inequality of opportunity. Low SES children, who were randomly assigned to a mentor for one year are 20 percent more likely to enter a high track program. The mentoring relationship affects both parents and children and has positive long-term implications for children's educational trajectories.

Keywords: mentoring, childhood intervention programs, education, human capital investments, inequality of opportunity, socio-economic status

JEL Classification: C900, I240, J240, J620

Suggested Citation

Falk, Armin and Kosse, Fabian and Pinger, Pia, Mentoring and Schooling Decisions: Causal Evidence (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3635177 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3635177

Armin Falk (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area ( email )

briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Schaumburg-Lippe-Stra├če 5-9
Bonn, 53113
Germany

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Fabian Kosse

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Pia Pinger

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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