Afinal, se a lógica é a do empobrecimento, isso também se deve estender aos graus académicos.

In most OECD countries, intergenerational upward mobility in education is more common than downward mobility – in other words, the percentage of young adults who achieve a higher level of education than their parents is greater than the percentage that achieves a lower level. However, this is not the case in Germany, where 20% of 25-34 year-old non-students have attained a higher level of education than their parents, and 22% of people in this group have attained a lower level (OECD average: 37% upward mobility, 13% downward mobility). Estonia and Iceland are the only other OECD countries in which intergenerational downward mobility in education is more prevalent than upward mobility.