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No 2012:22:
The Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital. The Role of Skills and Health

Petter Lundborg (), 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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