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Like father, like son? A note on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores

  • Black, Sandra E.
  • Devereux, Paul J.
  • Salvanes, Kjell G.

Using a large population-based dataset, we estimate a substantial intergenerational transmission of IQ scores; a 10% increase in father's score at age 18 is associated with a 3.2% increase in son's score. This relationship also holds true for various subpopulations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 138-140

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