Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is it Nature or is it Nurture?

Posted: 23 May 2003

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Erik Plug

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Wim P.M. Vijverberg

CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

When parents are more educated, their children tend to receive more schooling as well. Does this occur because parental ability is passed on genetically or because more educated parents provide a better environment for children to flourish? Using an intergenerational sample of families, we estimate on the basis of a comparison of biological and adopted children that about 55-60 percent of the parental ability is genetically transmitted.

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Plug, Erik and Vijverberg, Wim, Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is it Nature or is it Nurture?. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 111, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=398020

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