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Author:Salvanes, Kjell 

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Why the apple doesn't fall far: understanding intergenerational transmission of human capital

Parents with higher education levels have children with higher education levels. However, is this because parental education actually changes the outcomes of children, suggesting an important spillover of education policies, or is it merely that more able individuals who have higher education also have more able children? This paper proposes to answer this question with a unique dataset from Norway. Using the reform of the education system that was implemented in different municipalities at different times in the 1960s as an instrument for parental education, we find little evidence of a ...
Working Paper Series , Paper 2004-12

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