Following in Your Parents Footsteps? Empirical Analysis of Matched Parent-Offspring Test Scores
19 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2011
Date Written: August 17, 2010
In this article, 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 intergenerational relationship in literacy, although genetic effects seem more relevant with respect to numeracy.
Keywords: J13, J24
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