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Parental education and offspring outcomes: Evidence from the Swedish compulsory schooling reform
Lunds universitet.
Lunds universitet.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we exploit the Swedish compulsory schooling reform in order to estimate the causal effect of parental education on son's outcomes. We use data from the Swedish enlistment register on the entire population of males and focus on outcomes such as cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, and various dimensions of health at the age of 18. We find significant and positive effects of maternal education on sons' skills and health status. Although the reform had equally strong effects on father’s education as on mother’s education, we find little evidence that paternal education improves son’s outcomes.

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Linnéuniversitetet , 2013. , 26 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2013:2
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Social Sciences
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Economy, Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31017OAI: diva2:676802
Available from: 2013-12-06 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2014-03-27Bibliographically approved

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