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Project Citation: 

Adermon, Adrian, Lindahl, Mikael, and Palme, Mårten. Replication code for: Dynastic Human Capital, Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-04-09.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We estimate long-run intergenerational persistence in human capital using information on outcomes for the extended family – the dynasty. A data set including the entire Swedish population, linking four generations, allows us to identify parents’ siblings and cousins, their spouses, and spouses’ siblings. Using various human capital measures, we show that traditional parent-child estimates underestimate long-run intergenerational persistence by at least one third. By adding outcomes for more distant ancestors, we show that almost all of the persistence is captured by the parental generation. Data on adoptees show that at least one-third of long-term persistence is attributed to environmental factors.

Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources NORFACE DIAL (IMCHILD); Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Research Foundation; Torsten Söderberg and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations; Tore Browaldh Stiftelse ; European Research Council (Starting grant 241161)

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Intergenerational mobility; inequality; human capital
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      I24 Education and Inequality
      J62 Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Sweden
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1932 – 2010
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) aggregate data; program source code

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