Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82531
Authors: 
Lindahl, Mikael
Palme, Mårten
Sandgren Massih, Sofia
Sjögren, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Uppsala University 2011:18
Abstract: 
Most previous studies on intergenerational transmission of human capital are restricted to two generations - between the parent and the child generation. In this paper we investigate if there is an independent effect of the grandparent and the great grandparent generations in this process. We use a dataset where we are able to link individual measures of life time earnings for three generation and data on educational attainments of four generations. We first do conventional regressions and transition matrices for life time earnings measures and educational attainments adding variables for the grandparent and great grandparent generations, respectively. We find that grandparents and even great grandparents significantly influence earnings and education. We then estimate the so called Becker-Tomes model using the educational attainment of the great grandparent generation as an instrumental variable. We fail to find support for the model's predictions.
Subjects: 
intergenerational income mobility
earnings distribution
income inequality
JEL: 
D31
J62
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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