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The Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities


Erik Grönqvist


Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Bjorn Ockert


IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Jonas Vlachos


Stockholm University - Department of Economics

July 2010

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7908

Abstract:     
We study the intergenerational transmission of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities between parents and sons, using population-wide enlistment data. Conscripts are evaluated at the same age and with comparable methods across cohorts, and we correct for measurement error bias in fathers’ ability measures by using their brothers’ abilities as instruments. This strategy also enables us to predict mothers’ abilities. Results indicate that previous estimates of intergenerational ability correlations are biased downwards. This bias is particularly strong for non-cognitive abilities and once corrected for, the non-cognitive correlation is close to that of cognitive abilities. Using predicted abilities, we further find the mother-son cognitive ability correlation to be even stronger than the father-son correlation. Finally, educational attainment and labor market outcomes of both sons and daughters are found to be strongly related to both parents’ cognitive and non-cognitive abilities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: cognitive ability, Intergenerational ability correlations, non-cognitive ability

JEL Classification: I0, J13, J24

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Date posted: July 19, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Grönqvist, Erik and Ockert, Bjorn and Vlachos, Jonas, The Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities (July 2010). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7908. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1640985

Contact Information

Erik Grönqvist (Contact Author)
Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )
P.O. Box 513
S-751 20 Stockholm
Sweden
+46-(0)18-471 70 75 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://ifau.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=8323
Bjorn Ockert
IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
Jonas Vlachos
Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )
Stockholm, 10691
Sweden
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