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Authors: 
Haegeland, Torbjørn
Kirkebøen, Lars Johannessen
Raaum, Oddbjørn
Salvanes, Kjell G.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion papers 5369
Abstract: 
Massive cross-sectional evidence exists indicating that children of more educated parents outperform their schoolmates. However, evidence for causal interpretation of this association is weak. We examine a causal relationship using two approaches for identification within the same data: cousins with twin parents and adopted children. We find no effect of mothers' education on children's school performance using the children-of-twins approach. However, for adopted children, mother's education has a small positive effect. Tracking the work experience of parents during offspring childhood, we find no support that this effect can be explained by a higher labor force participation among more educated mothers.
Subjects: 
intergenerational mobility
education
twin parents
adoptees
JEL: 
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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