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Parental education and offspring outcomes: evidence from the Swedish compulsory schooling reform

Petter Lundborg, Anton Nilsson and Dan-Olof Rooth

Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: In this paper, we use the Swedish compulsory school reform to estimate the causal effect of parental education on sons’ outcomes. We use data from the Swedish military enlistment register of the entire population of males and focus on outcomes such as cognitive skills, noncognitive 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 fathers’ and mothers’ education, we find little evidence that paternal education improves sons’ outcomes.

Keywords: Education; cognitive skills; noncognitive skills; health; causality; school reforms. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I28 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-lab and nep-ure
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