It runs in the family? Using sibling similarities to uncover the hidden influence of family background in doctoral education and academic careers
Helin, J., Jokinen, J., Koerselman, K., Nokkala, T., & Räikkönen, E. (2023). It runs in the family? Using sibling similarities to uncover the hidden influence of family background in doctoral education and academic careers. Higher education, 86, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00897-7
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DisciplineKoulutuksen tutkimuslaitosEmpirical MicroeconomicsResurssiviisausyhteisöTaloustiedePäätöksentekoa tukeva taloustiede ja talouden kilpailukyky (painoala)Basic or discovery scholarshipFinnish Institute for Educational ResearchEmpirical MicroeconomicsSchool of Resource WisdomEconomicsPolicy-Relevant Economics and Competitiveness of Economy (focus area)Basic or discovery scholarship
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Family background has been shown to be a strong determinant of educational attainment, yet relatively little is known about the role that family background plays in PhD attainment or in the selection into academic careers. In this study, we estimate sibling correlations from Finnish full population register data to comprehensively assess the importance of family background in selection into academia. Our results show that family background accounts for over a third of the overall variation in becoming a PhD and subsequently an academic — a share which is up to four times as large as implied by conventional comparisons by parental education. However, we did not find evidence that family background would be an exceptionally strong determinant of doctoral outcomes when compared to other educational outcomes. Our findings further suggest that sibling similarities in PhD attainment and academic careers may largely be attributed to sibling similarities in prior educational achievement rather than to other family background characteristics. ...
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Additional information about fundingOpen Access funding provided by University of Jyväskylä (JYU). Jouni Helin gratefully acknowledges funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Satakunta Regional Fund (personal grant number 75202315).
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