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How important is family background for labor-economic outcomes?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2012 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, Vol. 19, no 4, 465-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper uses Swedish register data to examine four classical outcomes in empirical labor economics: IQ noncognitive skills, years of schooling and long-run earnings. We estimate sibling correlations - and the variance components that define the sibling correlation - in these outcomes. We also estimate correlations for MZ-twins, who share all genes. We also extend the variance-component decomposition by accounting for birth order. We find that conventional intergenerational approaches severely underestimate the role of family background, and that future research should follow a more multidimensional approach to the study of family background.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 4, 465-474 p.
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Family background, Siblings, Intergenerational mobility
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78654DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.05.016ISI: 000308057400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-78654DiVA: diva2:542579
Available from: 2012-08-02 Created: 2012-08-02 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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