Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68594
Authors: 
Anger, Silke
Heineck, Guido
Year of Publication: 
2010
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Population Economics [ISSN:] 0933-1433 [Volume:] 23 [Pages:] 1105-1132
Abstract: 
Complementing prior research on income and educational mobility, we examine the intergenerational transmission of cognitive abilities. We find that individuals’ cognitive skills are positively related to their parents’ abilities, despite controlling for educational attainment and family background. Differentiating between mothers’ and fathers’ IQ transmission, we find different effects on the cognition of sons and daughters. Cognitive skills that are based on past learning are more strongly transmitted between generations than skills that are related to innate abilities. Our findings are not compatible with a pure genetic model but rather point to the importance of parental investments for children’s cognitive outcomes.
Subjects: 
Cognitive abilities
Intergenerational IQ transmission
Skill formation
JEL: 
J10
J24
I20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Additional Information: 
The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-009-0298-8
Document Type: 
Article

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