(), Matthew Lindquist
() and David Sims
Lars Lefgren: Brigham Young University, Postal: Department of Economics , Brigham Young University , 130 Faculty Office Building , Provo, UT 84602-2363, USA,
Matthew Lindquist: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
David Sims: Brigham Young University, Postal: Department of Economics , Brigham Young University , 130 Faculty Office Building , Provo, UT 84602-2363, USA
Abstract: We construct a simple model, consistent with Becker and Tomes (1979), that decomposes the intergenerational income elasticity into the causal effect of financial resources, the mechanistic transmission of human capital, and the role that human capital plays in the determination of father’s permanent income. We show how a particular set of instrumental variables could separately identify the money and human capital transmission effects. We further outline two instrumental variables methods for bounding the structural parameters of our model in the presence of imperfect instruments. Using data from a thirty-five percent sample of Swedish sons and their fathers, we show that only a minority of the intergenerational income elasticity can be plausibly attributed to the causal effect of fathers’ financial resources.
41 pages, December 10, 2009
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