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He's a Chip Off the Old Block: The Persistency of Occupational Choices among Generations

  • Bodo Knoll
  • Nadine Riedel
  • Eva Schlenker

The purpose of this paper is to assess if parents exert an influence on the occupation choices of their children. Using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP), we find a high persistency of occupational decisions across fathers and children using nested and conditional logit models. To separate effects related to genetic factors (nature) and parental education or role models (nurture), we determine the persistency separately for children who grew up with their biological fathers and for those who did not. Our results suggest that especially nurture plays a decisive role in explaining the choice of one's occupation.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 561.

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Length: 42 p.
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp561
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