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The intergenerational transmission of human capital : the role of skills and health

Lundborg, Petter LU ; Nordin, Martin LU and Rooth, Dan Olof LU (2018) In Journal of Population Economics 31(4). p.1035-1065
Abstract

We provide new evidence on some of the mechanisms reflected in the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Applying both an adoption and a twin design to rich data from the Swedish military enlistment, we show that greater parental education increases sons’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills, as well as their health. The estimates are in many cases similar across research designs and suggest that a substantial part of the effect of parental education on their young adult children’s human capital works through improving their skills and health.

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Adoptees, Cognitive skills, Education, Health, Human capital, Intergenerational transmission, Non-cognitive skills, Twins
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Journal of Population Economics
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31
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4
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31 pages
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Springer
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0933-1433
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10.1007/s00148-018-0702-3
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  author       = {Lundborg, Petter and Nordin, Martin and Rooth, Dan Olof},
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  keyword      = {Adoptees,Cognitive skills,Education,Health,Human capital,Intergenerational transmission,Non-cognitive skills,Twins},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1035--1065},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of Population Economics},
  title        = {The intergenerational transmission of human capital : the role of skills and health},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-018-0702-3},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2018},
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