Nepotism, incentives and the academic success of college students

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2010
Gevrek, Deniz
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Labour Economics ; 17 (2010), 3. - pp. 581-591. - ISSN 0927-5371. - eISSN 1879-1034
Abstract
This study investigates the role of parent-owned businesses on children's college success and post-college aspirations by using a unique data set from a private university in Turkey. The data set matches college students' administrative records with survey responses. The presence of self-employed parents and family businesses has a strong negative association with college success even after accounting for observed ability, parental background, and various individual characteristics. An explanation for the lower GPAs of the children of self-employed parents is that in the presence of parent-owned businesses students have a larger set of post-graduation options and are more likely to plan on becoming self-employed due to intergenerational transfer of self-employment. Hence, these students may not exert as much effort in acquiring the task-specific career-oriented human capital taught in college. In line with expectations, we find that the children of self-employed parents are more likely to have entrepreneurial intent and are less likely to plan to attend graduate school.
330 Economics
Keywords
College success; Self-employment; Family businesses; Nepotism
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ISO 690GEVREK, Deniz, Z. Eylem GEVREK, 2010. Nepotism, incentives and the academic success of college students. In: Labour Economics. 17(3), pp. 581-591. ISSN 0927-5371. eISSN 1879-1034. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.labeco.2009.11.001
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@article{Gevrek2010-06Nepot-38998,
year={2010},
doi={10.1016/j.labeco.2009.11.001},
title={Nepotism, incentives and the academic success of college students},
number={3},
volume={17},
issn={0927-5371},
journal={Labour Economics},
pages={581--591},
author={Gevrek, Deniz and Gevrek, Z. Eylem}
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