Faculty Publications

Title

Changing Roles of Ability and Education in U.S. Intergenerational Mobility

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Economic Inquiry

Volume

55

Issue

1

First Page

187

Last Page

201

Abstract

Using data on young adults from the 1979 and 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we investigate the changing roles of ability and education in the transmission of economic status across generations. We find that ability plays a substantially diminished role for the most recent cohort whereas education plays a much larger role. The first finding results primarily from a smaller effect of children's ability on status, the second from an increased correlation between parental status and educational attainment. A replication of the analysis by gender reveals that the changes in the role of ability are largely driven by men whereas the changes in education's role are largely driven by women. (JEL J62, I24).

Original Publication Date

1-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1111/ecin.12362

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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