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The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: Evidence from Taiwanese Adoptions

Hammitt, James K., Liu, Jin-Tan and Tsou, Meng-Wen (2011) The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: Evidence from Taiwanese Adoptions. LERNA Working Paper, n. 11.22.356

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This paper examines the causal effect of parental schooling on children’s schooling using a large sample of adoptees from Taiwan. Using birth-parents’ education to help control for selective placement of children with adoptive parents, we find that adoptees raised with more highly educated parents have higher educational attainment, measured by years of schooling and probability of university graduation. We also find evidence that adoptive father’s schooling is more important for sons’ and adoptive mother’s schooling is more important for daughters’ educational attainment. These results support the notion that family environment (nurture) is important in determining children’s educational outcomes, independent of genetic endowment.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date: December 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: intergenerational transmission, education, schooling, adoption
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 14:19
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:23
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