The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: Evidence from Taiwanese Adoptions
AbstractThis paper examines the causal effect of parental schooling on children’s schooling using a large sample of adoptees from Taiwan. Using birth-parents’ education to help control for selective placement of children with adoptive parents, we find that adoptees raised with more highly educated parents have higher educational attainment, measured by years of schooling and probability of university graduation. We also find evidence that adoptive father’s schooling is more important for sons’ and adoptive mother’s schooling is more important for daughters’ educational attainment. These results support the notion that family environment (nurture) is important in determining children’s educational outcomes, independent of genetic endowment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 11-273.
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, vol.�115, n°1, Elsevier, avril 2012, p.�134-136.
intergenerational transmission; education; schooling; adoption;
Other versions of this item:
- Tsou, Meng-Wen & Liu, Jin-Tan & Hammitt, James K., 2012. "The intergenerational transmission of education: Evidence from Taiwanese adoptions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(1), pages 134-136.
- Hammitt, James & Liu, Jin-Tan & Tsou, Meng-Wen, 2011. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: Evidence from Taiwanese Adoptions," LERNA Working Papers 11.22.356, LERNA, University of Toulouse.
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-03-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2012-03-14 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2012-03-14 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2012-03-14 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-URE-2012-03-14 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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