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The Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital. The Role of Skills and Health

  • Lundborg, Petter

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Nordin, Martin

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Rooth, Dan Olof

    ()

    (Linnaeus University)

We provide new evidence on the causal 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 son's 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 the children's education works through improving children's skills and health.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012:22.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 12 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2012_022
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