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Intergenerational Analysis of Social Interaction

  • Sarah Brown

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  • Jolian McHardy

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  • Karl Taylor

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

We explore the relationship between the social interaction of parents and their offspring from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. Our theoretical framework establishes possible explanations for the intergenerational transfer of social interaction whereby the social interaction of the parent may influence that of their offspring and vice versa. The empirical evidence, based on four data sets covering Great Britain and the U.S., is supportive of our theoretical priors. We find robust evidence of intergenerational links between the social interaction of parents and their offspring supporting the existence of positive bi-directional intergenerational effects in social interaction.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011007.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
Date of revision: Mar 2011
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2011007
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