The Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities
49 Pages Posted: 5 May 2012
Date Written: October 4, 2011
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.
Keywords: Intergenerational ability correlations, cognitive ability, non-cognitive ability, measurement error bias
JEL Classification: I0, J13, J24
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