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How Do Parents Affect the Life Chances of Their Children as Adults? An Idiosyncratic Review

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  • John Ermisch

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From genes to bequests, parents have important influences on the income, health and general living standards of their children as adults. The purpose of this paper is to review how parents affect the life chances of their children, with a particular focus on my own research in this area.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 101.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:101

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