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Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Is It a One-Way Street?

Lundborg, Petter LU and Majlesi, Kaveh LU (2015) In Working Paper / Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University
Abstract
Studies on the intergenerational transmission of human capital usually assume a one-way spillover from parents to children. But what if children also affect their parents’ human capital? Using exogenous variation in education, arising from a Swedish compulsory schooling reform in the 1950s and 1960s, we address this question by studying the causal effect of children’s schooling on their parents’ longevity. We first replicate previous findings of a positive and significant cross-sectional relationship between children’s education and their parents’ longevity. Our causal estimates tell a different story; children’s schooling has no significant effect on parents’ survival. These results hold when we examine separate causes of death and when... (More)
Studies on the intergenerational transmission of human capital usually assume a one-way spillover from parents to children. But what if children also affect their parents’ human capital? Using exogenous variation in education, arising from a Swedish compulsory schooling reform in the 1950s and 1960s, we address this question by studying the causal effect of children’s schooling on their parents’ longevity. We first replicate previous findings of a positive and significant cross-sectional relationship between children’s education and their parents’ longevity. Our causal estimates tell a different story; children’s schooling has no significant effect on parents’ survival. These results hold when we examine separate causes of death and when we restrict the sample to low-income and low-educated parents. (Less)
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Education, Compulsory schooling, Longevity, Human capital, Intergenerational transmission
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Working Paper / Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University
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22
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41 pages
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Department of Economics, Lund Universtiy
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English
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  abstract     = {Studies on the intergenerational transmission of human capital usually assume a one-way spillover from parents to children. But what if children also affect their parents’ human capital? Using exogenous variation in education, arising from a Swedish compulsory schooling reform in the 1950s and 1960s, we address this question by studying the causal effect of children’s schooling on their parents’ longevity. We first replicate previous findings of a positive and significant cross-sectional relationship between children’s education and their parents’ longevity. Our causal estimates tell a different story; children’s schooling has no significant effect on parents’ survival. These results hold when we examine separate causes of death and when we restrict the sample to low-income and low-educated parents.},
  author       = {Lundborg, Petter and Majlesi, Kaveh},
  keyword      = {Education,Compulsory schooling,Longevity,Human capital,Intergenerational transmission},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  number       = {22},
  pages        = {41},
  publisher    = {Department of Economics, Lund Universtiy},
  series       = {Working Paper / Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University},
  title        = {Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Is It a One-Way Street?},
  year         = {2015},
}