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Does increasing parents' schooling raise the schooling of the next generation? Evidence based on conditional second moments

  • Francis Vella

    (Georgetown University)

  • Lídia Farré

    (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Roger Klein

    (Rutgers University)

This paper investigates the degree of intergenerational transmission ofeducation for individuals from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth1979. Rather than identifying the causal effect of parental education viainstrumental variables we exploit the feature of the transmissionmechanism responsible for its endogeneity. More explicitly, we assume theintergenerational transfer of unobserved ability is invariant to the economicenvironment. This, combined with the heteroskedasticity resulting from theinteraction of unobserved ability with socioeconomic factors, identifies thiscausal effect. We conclude the observed intergenerational educationalcorrelation reflects both a causal parental educational effect and a transferof unobserved ability.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2009-11
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