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

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T1 - Parental Education and Offspring Outcomes: Evidence from the Swedish Compulsory School Reform

AU - Lundborg, Petter

AU - Rooth, Dan-Olof

AU - Nilsson, Anton

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

U2 - 10.1257/app.6.1.253

DO - 10.1257/app.6.1.253

M3 - Article

VL - 6

SP - 253

EP - 278

JO - American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

T2 - American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

JF - American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

SN - 1945-7782

IS - 1

ER -