Following in Your Parents' Footsteps? Empirical Analysis of Matched Parent-Offspring Test Scores
University of Leicester - Department of Economics; University of Sheffield - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Karl Taylor V
University of Sheffield - Department of Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3986
In this paper, we explore whether an intergenerational relationship exists between the reading and mathematics test scores, taken at age 7, of a cohort of individuals born in 1958 and the equivalent test scores of their offspring measured in 1991. Our results suggest that how the parent performs in reading and mathematics during their childhood is positively related to the corresponding test scores of their offspring as measured at a similar age. The results further suggest that the effect of upbringing is mainly responsible for the inter-generational relationship in literacy, while genetic effects seem more relevant with respect to numeracy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: human capital, intergenerational transfers, literacy, numeracy
JEL Classification: J13, J24working papers series
Date posted: March 2, 2009
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