Elite Education Abroad and Social Reproduction

Martin D. Munk, Panu Poutvaara, Mette Foged

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Previous research has shown that family background still plays a role in educational choices, especially when it comes to elite education. We examine how family background affects the likelihood of graduating in an elite or non-elite university abroad. We use two unique surveys of Danish emigrants and register data on full population. Overall, we find that children with highly educated and positioned parents are more likely to seek distinctive educational capital. Also, around half of those pursuing elite education abroad have parents who have studied or worked abroad. Hence, people pursuing international elite education have considerable cosmopolitan capital and a mindset for operating
abroad. Father’s education plays a bigger role for men while mother’s education plays a bigger role for women, especially among women going for elite ducation. When we asked respondents why they studied abroad, especially men highlighted academic level and prestige. For one third of women, partner was an important consideration.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date7 Apr 2011
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2011
EventPresented at The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association - University of Oslo, Norway
Duration: 4 Aug 20117 Aug 2011


ConferencePresented at The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association
CityUniversity of Oslo

Bibliographical note

Presented at University College London, Migration: Economic Change, Social Challenge 6th - 9th April 2011, co-funded by the European Union and the NORFACE Migration Programme: Presented at The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association 2011. 4. – 7. August 2011. University of Oslo, Norway.

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