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Heredity, Family, and Inequality: A Critique of Social Sciences by Michael Beenstock

Published By: Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01692-6
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Bhash Mazumder of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.4.1106.r17
Review Pages: 1146-49

Book Review Abstract

Bhash Mazumder of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reviews, "Heredity, Family, and Inequality: A Critique of Social Sciences" by Michael Beenstock. The JEL annotation of this book begins: "Explores the roles of heredity, family, and social environment in the determination of outcomes among humans, including anthropometric, psychological, behavioral, and economic outcomes. Discusses the apple and the tree—Francis Galton revisited; correlation within the family; explaining the intergenerational and sibling correlations; inequality, diversity, and family; empirical methodology; empirical knowledge on the causes of correlations within the family; where we go from here; statistics; parenting theory and child behavior; and empirical methodology. Beenstock is Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bibliography; index."


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Bhash Mazumder of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


JEL Classifications

J12: Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology


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