Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81316
Authors: 
Grönqvist, Erik
Vlachos, Jonas
Öckert, Björn
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 884
Abstract: 
We study the intergenerational transmission of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities between fathers and sons using population-wide enlistment data. Measurement error bias in fathers’ ability measures is corrected for using two sets of instruments. Results suggest that previous estimates of intergenerational ability correlations are biased downwards; once corrected for, the non-cognitive correlation is close to that of cognitive ability. We also predict mothers’ abilities and find the mother-son cognitive ability correlation to be stronger than the father-son correlation. Finally, educational attainment and labor market outcomes of both sons and daughters are strongly related to both parents’ cognitive and non-cognitive abilities.
Subjects: 
Intergenerational Ability Correlations
Cognitive Ability
Non-Cognitive Ability
Measurement Error Bias
JEL: 
I00
J13
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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