Mari Rege

Professor of Economics, University of Stavanger

Topic: 
Father Presence and the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment
Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 
CERAS Learning Hall

Title: Father Presence and the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment

Authors: Ariel Kalil, Magne Mogstad, Mari Rege and Mark E. Votruba

Abstract: Positive correlations in the socioeconomic outcomes of parents and children have been widely documented, yet the mechanisms behind these correlations remain unclear. This paper investigates the degree to which a father’s presence affects the intergenerational correlation of educational attainment, by exploiting systematic differences in paternal exposure that arise across siblings when a father dies. We find father presence substantially increases father-child intergenerational correlations while decreasing mother-child correlations. The detailed nature of our data allows us to perform a battery of specification checks and to explore the channels through which father presence may affect the intergenerational transmission of educational attainment.