The Effect of Family Background on Economic Status: a Longitudinal Analysis of Sibling Correlations

28 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2004 Last revised: 28 Sep 2010

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Gary Solon

University of Arizona; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Mary Corcoran

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Roger H. Gordon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Deborah Laren

Independent

Date Written: June 1987

Abstract

Numerous previous studies have used sibling correlations to measure the importance of family background as a determinant of economic status. These studies. however. have been biased by several flaws: failure to separate permanent from transitory status variation (including that from measurement error). failure to account for life-cycle stage. and overly homogeneous samples. This paper presents a methodology to address these problems and applies it to longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Our main conclusion is that family background appears to exert greater influence on economic status than has been indicated by earlier research.

Suggested Citation

Solon, Gary and Corcoran, Mary E. and Gordon, Roger H. and Laren, Deborah, The Effect of Family Background on Economic Status: a Longitudinal Analysis of Sibling Correlations (June 1987). NBER Working Paper No. w2282. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=347055

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Deborah Laren

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