The intergenerational transmission of human capital: the role of skills and health

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We provide new evidence on some of the mechanisms reflected in the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Applying both an adoption and a twin design to rich data from the Swedish military enlistment, we show that greater parental education increases sons’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills, as well as their health. The estimates are in many cases similar across research designs and suggest that a substantial part of the effect of parental education on their young adult children’s human capital works through improving their skills and health.


External organisations
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • Learning
  • Pedagogy


  • Adoptees, Cognitive skills, Education, Health, Human capital, Intergenerational transmission, Non-cognitive skills, Twins
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1065
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 1
Publication categoryResearch