Human Capital, Wages and Family Interactions
LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Vol. 14, Issue 1, March 2000
Posted: 13 Jul 2001
The majority of studies of the returns to human capital investment have generally considered the relationship among wages and individuals' investment in education. However, among factors which increase individuals' stocks of human capital and affect their labour market performances, there are variables linked to the relevant social environment, such as the family. This paper takes into consideration intra-generational relations which form between spouses through marriage, as well as inter-generational relationships between parents and their sons and daughters. The empirical work investigates the effects of some family background variables on individuals' economic performances, using data drawn from the 1995 survey of household income and wealth conducted by the Bank of Italy. The results of the analysis show that individuals' wages do not depend only on their own human capital endowment, but also on that of other family members (parents and partners).
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