Family structure and the reproduction of inequality: Parents' contribution to children's college costs

TitleFamily structure and the reproduction of inequality: Parents' contribution to children's college costs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHenretta, JC, Wolf, D, Van Voorhis, M, Soldo, BJ
JournalSocial Science Research
Volume41
Issue1
Pagination876
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Education
Abstract

This article examines the role of family structure in the financial support parents provide for their children's college education. Data are from the Health and Retirement Study. We focus on aspects of family structure that affect parental support and estimate shared family variance in investments as well as within-family variation using a multilevel model. Family membership accounts for about 60 of the variance in payment of college costs. Small family size, living with both biological parents (compared to one biological parent and a stepparent), higher parental education, and having older parents are associated with greater parental expenditures. PUBLICATION ABSTRACT

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Endnote Keywords

Parent educational background/Higher education/Higher education/Families and family life/Children and youth/Education finance/Education finance/Transfers

Endnote ID

69432

Citation Key7704