Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33381
Authors: 
Björklund, Anders
Lindahl, Mikael
Plug, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1739
Abstract: 
We use unique Swedish data to estimate intergenerational associations between adoptees and their biological and adoptive parents. We argue that the impact from biological parents captures broad pre-birth factors, including genes and prenatal environment, and the impact from adoptive parents represents broad post-birth factors, such as childhood environment, for the intergenerational association in education and income. We find that both pre- and post-birth factors contribute to intergenerational transmissions, and that pre-birth factors are more important for mother's education and less important for father's income. We also find some evidence for a positive interaction effect between post-birth environment and pre-birth factors.
Subjects: 
intergenerational mobility
nature and nurture
income
education
adoption data
JEL: 
I20
J30
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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