A1 Journal article (refereed)
It runs in the family? Using sibling similarities to uncover the hidden influence of family background in doctoral education and academic careers (2023)


Helin, J., Jokinen, J., Koerselman, K., Nokkala, T., & Räikkönen, E. (2023). It runs in the family? Using sibling similarities to uncover the hidden influence of family background in doctoral education and academic careers. Higher education, 86, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00897-7


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All authors or editorsHelin, Jouni; Jokinen, Juho; Koerselman, Kristian; Nokkala, Terhi; Räikkönen, Eija

Journal or seriesHigher education

ISSN0018-1560

eISSN1573-174X

Publication year2023

Publication date02/08/2022

Volume86

Pages range1-20

PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication countryNetherlands

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00897-7

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82518


Abstract

Family background has been shown to be a strong determinant of educational attainment, yet relatively little is known about the role that family background plays in PhD attainment or in the selection into academic careers. In this study, we estimate sibling correlations from Finnish full population register data to comprehensively assess the importance of family background in selection into academia. Our results show that family background accounts for over a third of the overall variation in becoming a PhD and subsequently an academic — a share which is up to four times as large as implied by conventional comparisons by parental education. However, we did not find evidence that family background would be an exceptionally strong determinant of doctoral outcomes when compared to other educational outcomes. Our findings further suggest that sibling similarities in PhD attainment and academic careers may largely be attributed to sibling similarities in prior educational achievement rather than to other family background characteristics.


Keywordstertiary educationacademic degree holdersexaminations (degrees)doctoral educationsiblingsparentsfamiliesfamily backgroundsocial backgroundresidential areascareerinequality

Free keywordsinequality; higher education; PhD attainment; academic careers; sibling correlations


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating3


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