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The intergenerational transmission of human capital: the role of skills and health

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  • Petter Lundborg

    (Lund University)

  • Martin Nordin

    (Lund University)

  • Dan Olof Rooth

    (Stockholm University)

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We provide new evidence on some of the mechanisms reflected in the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Applying both an adoption and a twin design to rich data from the Swedish military enlistment, we show that greater parental education increases sons’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills, as well as their health. The estimates are in many cases similar across research designs and suggest that a substantial part of the effect of parental education on their young adult children’s human capital works through improving their skills and health.

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  • Petter Lundborg & Martin Nordin & Dan Olof Rooth, 2018. "The intergenerational transmission of human capital: the role of skills and health," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 31(4), pages 1035-1065, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:31:y:2018:i:4:d:10.1007_s00148-018-0702-3
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    Intergenerational transmission; Human capital; Education; Health; Cognitive skills; Non-cognitive skills; Adoptees; Twins;
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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
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