Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210773
Authors: 
Galassi, Gabriela
Koll, David
Mayr, Lukas
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Bank of Canada Staff Working Paper 2019-33
Abstract: 
We document a substantial positive correlation of employment status between mothers and their children in the United States, linking data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) and the NLSY79 Children and Young Adults. After controlling for ability, education and wealth, a one-year increase in a mother's employment is associated with six weeks more employment of her child on average. The intergenerational transmission of maternal employment is stronger to daughters than to sons, and it is higher for low-educated and low-income mothers. Potential mechanisms we were able to rule out included networks, occupation-specific human capital and conditions within the local labor market. By contrast, we provide suggestive evidence for a role-model channel through which labor force participation is transmitted.
Subjects: 
Labour markets
Econometric and statistical methods
Economic models
JEL: 
E24
J21
J22
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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