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Intergenerational and Sibling Spillovers in High School Majors

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  • Rooth, Dan-Olof

    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

  • Stenberg, Anders

    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

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This paper estimates family spillovers in high school major choice in Sweden, where admission to oversubscribed majors is determined based on GPA. Using a regression discontinuity design, we find large sibling and intergenerational spillovers that depend on the gender mix of a dyad. Same-gender siblings copy one another, while younger brothers recoil from older sister’s choices. Fathers and mothers influence sons, but not their daughters, except when a mother majors in the male-dominated program of Engineering. Back of the envelope calculations reveal these within family spillovers have sizable implications for the gender composition of majors.

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  • Rooth, Dan-Olof & Stenberg, Anders, 2023. "Intergenerational and Sibling Spillovers in High School Majors," Working Paper Series 1/2023, Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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