Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/75400
Authors: 
Knoll, Bodo
Riedel, Nadine
Schlenker, Eva
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 561
Abstract: 
The purpose of this paper is to assess if parents exert an influence on the occupation choices of their children. Using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP), we find a high persistency of occupational decisions across fathers and children using nested and conditional logit models. To separate effects related to genetic factors (nature) and parental education or role models (nurture), we determine the persistency separately for children who grew up with their biological fathers and for those who did not. Our results suggest that especially nurture plays a decisive role in explaining the choice of one's occupation.
Subjects: 
occupational choice
SOEP
parental educational investment
JEL: 
J24
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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