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Why educated mothers don't make educated children? A statistical study in the intergenerational transmission of schooling

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  • Pronzato, Chiara
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    More educated parents are observed to have better educated children. From a policy point of view, however, it is important to distinguish between causation and simple selection. Researchers trying to control for unobserved ability have found conflicting results: in most cases, they have found a strong positive paternal effect but a negligible maternal effect. In this paper, I evaluate the impact on the robustness of the estimates of the characteristics of the samples commonly used in this strand of research: samples of small size, with low variability in parental education, not randomly selected from the population.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2008-11.

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    Date of creation: 14 Mar 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2008-11

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