Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
The Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital. The Role of Skills and Health
(), Martin Nordin
() and Dan Olof Rooth
Abstract: We provide new evidence on the causal 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 son's
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 the children's
education works through improving children's skills and health.
Keywords: Intergenerational Transmission; Human Capital; Education; Health; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C41; I11; I12; J12; J14; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, September 12, 2012
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