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Structural Estimates of the Intergenerational Education Correlation

Christian Belzil () and Jorgen Hansen ()

No 973, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using a structural dynamic programming model, we investigate the relative importance of family background variables and individual specific abilities in explaining cross-sectional differences in schooling attainments and wages. Given scholastic ability, household background variables (especially parents' education) account for 68% of the explained crosssectional variations in schooling attainments. When the effects of household background variables on ability are also taken into account, the percentage raises to 85%. However, individual differences in wages are mostly explained by abilities. Only 27% of the explained variation in wages is accounted for by parents’ background variables as opposed to 73% by unobserved abilities (orthogonal to family background variables). When scholastic ability is correlated with family background variables, ability endowments explain as much as 81% of individual wages.

Keywords: dynamic programming; household characteristics; endogenous schooling; intergenerational education correlation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J2 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-12
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Published in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2003, 18 (6), 679-69

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