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The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: Evidence from Taiwanese Adoptions

James Hammitt, Jin-Tan Liu and Meng-Wen Tsou

No 11.22.356, LERNA Working Papers from LERNA, University of Toulouse

Abstract: This paper examines the causal effect of parental schooling on children’s schooling using a large sample of adoptees from Taiwan. Using birth-parents’ education to help control for selective placement of children with adoptive parents, we find that adoptees raised with more highly educated parents have higher educational attainment, measured by years of schooling and probability of university graduation. We also find evidence that adoptive father’s schooling is more important for sons’ and adoptive mother’s schooling is more important for daughters’ educational attainment. These results support the notion that family environment (nurture) is important in determining children’s educational outcomes, independent of genetic endowment.

Keywords: intergenerational transmission; education; schooling; adoption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-12
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