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Long-Term Intergenerational Persistence of Human Capital: An Empirical Analysis of Four Generations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. IZA, Germany.
2015 (English)In: The Journal of human resources, ISSN 0022-166X, E-ISSN 1548-8004, Vol. 50, no 1, 1-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most previous studies of intergenerational transmission of human capital are restricted to two generations: how parents influence their children. In this study, we use a Swedish data set that links individual measures of lifetime earnings for three generations and data on educational attainment for four generations. We find that estimates obtained from data on two generations severely underestimate long-run intergenerational persistence in both labor earnings and educational attainments. Long-run social mobility is hence much lower than previously thought. We attribute this additional persistence to dynastic human capital-the influence on human capital of more distant family members than parents.

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2015. Vol. 50, no 1, 1-33 p.
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115965DOI: 10.1353/jhr.2015.0000ISI: 000349934900001OAI: diva2:805449


Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-08 Last updated: 2015-04-15Bibliographically approved

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