Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103519
Authors: 
Mäder, Miriam
Müller, Steffen
Riphahn, Regina T.
Schwientek, Caroline
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8513
Abstract: 
This paper studies the association between the unemployment experience of fathers and their sons. Based on German survey data that cover the last decades we find significant positive correlations. Using instrumental variables estimation and the Gottschalk (1996) method we investigate to what extent fathers' unemployment is causal for offspring's employment outcomes. In agreement with most of the small international literature we do not find a positive causal effect for intergenerational unemployment transmission. This outcome is robust to alternative data structures and to tests at the intensive and extensive margin of unemployment.
Subjects: 
youth unemployment
non-employment
intergenerational mobility
causal effect
Gottschalk method
JEL: 
J62
C21
C26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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