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How does Incarceration of a Parent Affect Aspirations for Their Child’s Education Public Deposited

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  • This paper considers the effects incarceration has on a parents aspirations for their oldest child's educational attainments. The experiment highlighted in this paper aims to contribute to previous literature surrounding the significance of aspirations, and where these aspirations come from. This experiment is conducted through the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, where 10,317 Wisconsin high school graduates from 1957 are surveyed every few years over a wide variety of subjects. Further, a simple regression consisting of self-reported fathers is conducted. Our results indicate that incarceration strongly affects parental aspirations when adjusted for the criminal's specific level of education, but is statistically insignificant otherwise.

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  • 2023-04-15
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