European Commission

Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, used SHARE data in a study on the intergenerational transmission of education in Europe[1]. Looking at evidence from the World War II cohorts, the study is able to show that not only have parents who suffered war-related hardship end up with less schooling than those who did not, but also that their children have lower educational attainments than those who did not suffer the war. The authors demonstrate that the effect of parental education is stronger for mothers than for fathers and that the mother’s education has a stronger impact on daughters than on sons.