We use the Swedish compulsory school reform to estimate the causal
effect of parental education on sons' outcomes. To this end, we use data
from the Swedish military enlistment register on the entire population
of males and consider outcomes, such as cognitive skills, noncognitive
skills, and various dimensions of health at the age of 18. We find
positive effects of maternal education on sons' skills and health status
but no effects of paternal education. One reason behind this result may
be that the fathers affected by the reform did not face any labor market
returns to their increased schooling.
"Parental Education and Offspring Outcomes: Evidence from the Swedish Compulsory School Reform."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Analysis of Education
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