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Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is It Nature or Is It Nurture?

  • Erik Plug
  • Wim Vijverberg

When parents are more educated, their children tend to receive more schooling as well. Does this occur because parental ability is passed on genetically or because more educated parents provide a better environment for children to flourish? Using an intergenerational sample of families, we estimate on the basis of a comparison of biological and adopted children that about 5560 percent of the parental ability is genetically transmitted.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 111 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 611-641

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:111:y:2003:i:3:p:611-641
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