Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21096
Authors: 
Plug, Erik
Vijverberg, Wim P. M.
Year of Publication: 
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

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