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Lunchseminar in Economics: On the Family Origins of Human Capital Formation - Evidence from Donor Children

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Conférencier : Petter Lundborg, Lund University, SW
Date de l'événement : mercredi 12 octobre 2022 13:00 - 14:00
Lieu : Details on confirmation after registration via Eventbrite
29, avenue J. F. Kennedy
L-1855 Luxembourg

Abstract

We introduce a novel strategy to study the intergenerational transmission of human capital, net of genetic skill transfers. For this purpose, we use unique data on children conceived through sperm and egg donation in IVF treatments in Denmark. Because the assignment of donors is not selective, the intergenerational human capital estimates allow for a causal nurture interpretation. Once we take account of genes, we find that only the education of mothers matters: the association between mother’s education and child test scores is significant and large, whereas the association between father’s education and child test scores is insignificant and practically zero.

Petter Lundborg is Professor of Economics at Lund University and affiliated with IZA Bonn. Lundborg’s research interest is in the field of health and labour economics and has covered topics such as health and labour market outcomes, education, early life conditions, and household finance. His research has been published in journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, and the Journal of the European Economic Association.