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Title:Schooling, Family Background and Adoption: Is it Nature or is it Nurture? PDF Logo
Authors:Plug, Erik
Vijverberg, Wim P. M.
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 247
Abstract:When parents are more educated, their children tend to receive more schooling as well. Does this occur because parental ability is passed on genetically or because more educated parents provide a better environment for children to flourish? Using an intergenerational sample of families, we estimate on the basis of a comparison of biological and adopted children that at most 65 percent of the parental ability is genetically transmitted.
Subjects:Intergenerational mobility
human capital
genetic transfers
adoption
JEL:J24
J13
I21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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