Does Parental Quality Matter? Evidence on the Transmission of Human Capital Using Variation in Parental Influence from Death, Divorce, and Family Size

44 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2019

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Eric D. Gould

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Avi Simhon

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bruce A. Weinberg

Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the transmission of human capital from parents to children using variation in parental influence due to parental death, divorce, and the increasing specialization of parental roles in larger families. All three sources of variation yield strikingly similar patterns which show that the strong parent-child correlation in human capital is largely causal. In each case, the parent-child correlation in education is stronger with the parent that spends more time with the child, and weaker with the parent that spends relatively less time parenting. These findings help us understand why educated parents spend more time with their children.

Suggested Citation

Gould, Eric D. and Simhon, Avi and Weinberg, Bruce A., Does Parental Quality Matter? Evidence on the Transmission of Human Capital Using Variation in Parental Influence from Death, Divorce, and Family Size (January 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25495, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3328319

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