Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/166020
Authors: 
Adermon, Adrian
Lindahl, Mikael
Palme, Mårten
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2016:19
Abstract: 
We study the importance of the extended family - or the dynasty - for the persistence in human capital inequality across generations. We use data including the entire Swedish population, linking four generations. This data structure enables us to - in addition to parents, grandparents and great grandparents - identify parents' siblings and cousins, as well as their spouses, and the spouses' siblings. We introduce and estimate a new parameter, which we call the intergenerational transmission of dynastic inequality. This parameter measures the between-dynasty variation in intergenerational transmission of human capital. We use three different measures of human capital: years of schooling, family income and an index of occupational status. Our results show that traditional parent-child estimates miss about half of the persistence across generations estimated by the extended model.
Subjects: 
intergenerational mobility
extended family
dynasty
human capital
JEL: 
I24
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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