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Nature, Nurture and Egalitarian Policy: What Can We Learn from Molecular Genetics?

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  • Lundborg, Petter

    () (Lund University)

  • Stenberg, Anders

    () (SOFI, Stockholm University)

Abstract

This brief paper draws attention to molecular genetic research which may provide a new dimension to our understanding of how socioeconomic outcomes are generated. In particular, we provide an overview of the recently emerging evidence of gene-environment interaction effects. This literature points out specific policy areas which may compensate individuals carrying genetic risks, without resorting to gene mapping of the population. Such policies would also increase intergenerational mobility if genetic and/or environmental risk factors are more common in socially disadvantaged groups.

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  • Lundborg, Petter & Stenberg, Anders, 2009. "Nature, Nurture and Egalitarian Policy: What Can We Learn from Molecular Genetics?," IZA Discussion Papers 4585, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Niknami, Susan, 2010. "Intergenerational Transmission of Education among Immigrant Mothers and their Daughters in Sweden," SULCIS Working Papers 2010:10, Stockholm University, Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
    2. Gränsmark, Patrik, 2010. "A Rib Less Makes you Consistent but Impatient: A Gender Comparison of Expert Chess Players," Working Paper Series 5/2010, Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
    3. Angel, Ronald J., 2011. "Agency versus structure: Genetics, group membership, and a new twist on an old debate," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 73(5), pages 632-635, September.

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    Keywords

    gene; environment; interaction; molecular genetics; inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General

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