Ethnic identity and school performance: educational attainment of children of Haugeans in Northern Norway 1869-1890

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.9 Challenges in Arctic education
Presentation Type Oral
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Author(s) Mikko Moilanen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway), Hilde Sommerseth (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
Abstract text

This paper studies the effect of parental ethnic identity on children’s educational attainment. We analyze how parents’ ethnic belonging to a Pietism revival, Haugean movement, affected offsprings’ school performance. Our data set consists of school grades from Målselv, a municipality in the county of Troms, Norway. The data span from 1869-1890. Målselv received large immigration of Haugeans from Southern Norway in the course of 19th century, while the initial Northern Norwegian population in the municipality did not adapt to this movement, making it an interesting case to study the effect of ethnic identity. Our regression analysis indicates that parental Haugean identity was positively associated with the child's educational attainment.

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