The effect of parents' schooling on child's schooling

Start date: 01 januari 2009

Monique de Haan

direct/long term policy relevant


Research question: What is the causal effect of father's and mother's schooling on child's schooling? Method: This project uses a new approach to investigate this research question; a nonparametric bounds analysis. By making some relatively weak and in part testable assumptions, informative upper and lower bounds are obtained on the causal impact of parents' schooling. Results: The results show that increasing mother's or father's schooling to a college degree has an effect on child's schooling which is significantly different from zero but significantly and substantially lower than what one would conclude on the basis of simple correlations. Status: This study will soon be submitted to an academic journal.

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