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The Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities

  • Grönqvist, Erik

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    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU))

  • Vlachos, Jonas

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Öckert, Björn

    ()

    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU))

We study the intergenerational transmission of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities between fathers and sons using population-wide enlistment data. Measurement error bias in fathers’ ability measures is corrected for using two sets of instruments. Results suggest that previous estimates of intergenerational ability correlations are biased downwards; once corrected for, the non-cognitive correlation is close to that of cognitive ability. We also predict mothers’ abilities and find the mother-son cognitive ability correlation to be stronger than the father-son correlation. Finally, educational attainment and labor market outcomes of both sons and daughters are strongly related to both parents’ cognitive and non-cognitive abilities.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 884.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 04 Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0884
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