Mentoring and schooling decisions: causal evidence / Armin Falk (briq, University of Bonn and IZA), Fabian Kosse (LMU Munich, briq and IZA), Pia Pinger (University of Cologne, briq and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFalk, Armin ; Kosse, Fabian ; Dovern-Pinger, Pia Rosina
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2020
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 13387
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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 childrens educational trajectories.