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Correlations between Brothers and Neighboring Boys in Their Adult Earnings: The Importance of Being Urban

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  • Marianne E. Page

    (University of California at Davis)

  • Gary Solon

    (University of Michigan)

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A comparison of the correlations between brothers and neighboring boys in their adult earnings suggests that the earnings resemblance between brothers stems more from growing up in the same family than from growing up in the same neighborhood. Much of the neighbor correlation is explicable in terms of the large earnings differential between urban and nonurban areas combined with the strength with which urbanicity of childhood neighborhood predicts urbanicity of adult location. This pattern is subject to a variety of interpretations, but it is quite different from the usual view of neighborhood effects.

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  • Marianne E. Page & Gary Solon, 2003. "Correlations between Brothers and Neighboring Boys in Their Adult Earnings: The Importance of Being Urban," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 21(4), pages 831-856, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:21:y:2003:i:4:p:831-856
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