Vol 40 No 3 (2010)
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Immigrant Parents’ Investments in Their Children’s Post-Secondary Education

Robert Sweet
Lakehead University
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Paul Anisef
York University
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David Walter
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Abstract

This paper examines relationships between the resources available to immigrant families and the amount parents are willing and able to save for their children’s post-secondary education (PSE). We use data from Statistics Canada’s 2002 Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning to compare immigrant and native-born PSE saving. The results indicate that income and asset wealth constrain PSE savings in some immigrant families. However, immigrants share with non-immigrants a set of parenting beliefs and practices that encourage both groups to invest in their children’s educational futures.

 

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