Magazine article Public Finance

Mothers' Education Affects Children's, Says IFS

Magazine article Public Finance

Mothers' Education Affects Children's, Says IFS

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A US study into the educational attainment of mothers and their children could have 'important implications' for UK schools policy, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The IFS published research on April 18 that identifies a strong link between mothers' educational attainment and the standards achieved by their children. Using US data, it found that improving a mother's education increases her child's performance on achievement tests: an additional year of a mother's schooling will raise the child's ranking in test scores by about three to four percentage points, while the probability that a child is forced to repeat a year at school is reduced by seven percentage points.

The effect of the mother's education is transmitted to the child via additional income through having higher qualifications; increased 'mothers' maturity' through having children later in life; and the fact that a better education makes it more likely you will meet a better-educated spouse. …

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