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Nan Dirk De Graaf and Christiaan Monden " East-West differences in the conditional importance of own and father's education for self-assessed health"


This paper tackles two questions: (1) To what extent does the relative association between own and father's education on the one hand and adult health on the other hand differ between former communists and capitalist societies in Europe?; (2)To what extent does educational intergenerational mobility condition these relative association? To answer these questions we employ diagonal reference models to analyse unique large scale data-sets for European countries and the results are sometimes contradictory to our expectations. The results show first of all clear differences in health between East and West as well as differences in the relative associations. Secondly, intergenerational mobility is important for the relative effects of own and father's education. In Western Europe, for those who are downwardly mobile only their own education matters, whereas for downwardly mobile their own education is about three times more important than their father's education. The later also holds for the downwardly mobile in Eastern Europe. For upwardly mobile however, their own education is of equal importance as their father's education.