Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202797
Authors: 
Björkegren, Evelina
Lindahl, Mikael
Palme, Mårten
Simeonova, Emilia
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12451
Abstract: 
We use data on a large sample of Swedish-born adoptees and their biological and adopting parents to decompose the persistence in health inequality across generations into pre-birth and post-birth components. We use three sets of measures for health outcomes in the second generation: mortality, measures based on data on hospitalization and, finally, measures using birth outcomes for the third generation. The results show that all of the persistence in mortality is transmitted solely via pre-birth factors, while the results for the hospitalization measures suggest that at least three quarters of the intergenerational persistence in health is attributable to the biological parents.
Subjects: 
health inequality
intergenerational transmission
nature and nurture
JEL: 
I10
I14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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