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Research has linked parents’ educational expectations to children’s educational attainment, but findings regarding differences in educational expectations by race/ethnicity have been inconsistent. In addition, existing studies have focused on school-age children and their parents. In this study, we examine educational expectations in mothers of newborn children using a state representative sample. a series of logistic regressions are conducted for the full sample (N=2,572) and for individual racial groups to investigate parental educational expectations by race and Hispanic origin. The study finds that non-Hispanic Whites hold higher educational expectations for their children compared to African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics. However, these differences by race/ethnicity disappear when demographic and socioeconomic measures are controlled. of economic measures, financial assets and health insurance coverage are significantly associated with parental educational expectations. Implications for research and policy are discussed.

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Working Paper


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Subsequent publication: Kim, Y., Sherraden, M., & Clancy, M. (2013). Do mothers’ educational expectations differ by race and ethnicity, or socioeconomic status? Economics of Education Review, 33, 82–94.doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.09.007

Original Citation

Kim, Y., Sherraden, M., & Clancy, M. (2012). Parental educational expectations by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (CSD Working Paper No. 12-10). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.


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