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Ability Heterogeneity inIntergenerational Mobility
Lund University.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A rich data set gives a unique opportunity to study heterogeneity in intergenerationalmobility. Here, we explore whether the intergenerational association in education andincome is the same for children with different results in a cognitive ability test (theSwedish Military Enlistment test).Despite an endogenous test score, the argument is that this is the policy relevantcase to analyze, i.e. whether children of a certain cognitive ability level are influences bytheir parents’ socioeconomic status and not whether they are influenced by some randomparent.The intergenerational associations vary a great deal with the results in the cognitiveability test. The intergenerational association is highest for the middle ability groups andlower for both the higher ability and (particularly) the lower ability groups. The overallconclusion is that adding the cognitive ability dimension to studies of intergenerationalmobility contributes new and important insights. For example, since the average child(cognitively speaking) seems to be most receptive to parental influence, intergenerationalmobility is primarily increased by targeting the average child.

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2014. , 27 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2014:7
Keyword [en]
Intergenerational associations, education, incomes, cognitive ability, interaction
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Economy, Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50685OAI: diva2:911724
Available from: 2016-03-14 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-05-30

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