Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

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

Petter Lundborg (), Martin Nordin () and Dan Olof Rooth ()
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Petter Lundborg: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Martin Nordin: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Dan Olof Rooth: Linnaeus University, Postal: Kalmar Nyckel, SE-39182 Kalmar, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: C41; I11; I12; J12; J14

39 pages, September 12, 2012

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