Parental Education and Offspring Outcomes: Evidence from the Swedish Compulsory School Reform

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We use the Swedish compulsory school reform to estimate the causal effect of parental education on sons’ outcomes. To this end, we use data from the Swedish military enlistment register on the entire population of males and consider outcomes such as cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, and various dimensions of health at the age of 18. We find positive effects of maternal education on sons' skills and health status but no effects of paternal education. One reason behind this result may be that the fathers affected by the reform did not face any labor market returns to their increased schooling.

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  • Economics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-278
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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