intergenerational transmission

Lance Lochner
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Intergenerational transmission refers to the transfer of individual abilities, traits, behaviours and outcomes from parents to their children. This article analyses the key theoretical and empirical issues in studies of intergenerational transmission of educational attainment, welfare receipt and fertility. Mechanisms that lead to intergenerational transmission of these outcomes are discussed in detail. The role of government policy in affecting intergenerational transmission is also considered.
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Lochner, Lance. "intergenerational transmission." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 January 2018 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0821

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