The Role of Mothers and Fathers in Providing Skills: Evidence from Parental Deaths

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dc.contributor.author ADDA, Jérôme
dc.contributor.author BJÖRKLUND, Anders
dc.contributor.author HOLMLUND, Helena
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-07T15:47:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-07T15:47:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.issn 1725-6704
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/15954
dc.description.abstract This paper evaluates the long-term consequences of parental death on children’s cognitive and noncognitive skills, as well as on labor market outcomes. We exploit a large administrative data set covering many Swedish cohorts. We develop new estimation methods to tackle the potential endogeneity of death at an early age, based on the idea that the amount of endogeneity is constant or decreasing during childhood. Our method also allows us to identify a set of death causes that are conditionally exogenous. We find that the loss of either a father or a mother on boys’ earnings is no higher than 6-7 percent and slightly lower for girls. Our examination of the impact on cognitive skills (IQ and educational attainment) and on noncognitive skills (emotional stability, social skills) shows rather small effects on each type of skill. We find that both mothers and fathers are important, but mothers are somewhat more important for cognitive skills and fathers for noncognitive ones. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI ECO en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2011/08 en
dc.subject family background en
dc.subject cognitive and noncognitive skills en
dc.subject parental death en
dc.subject J12 en
dc.subject J17 en
dc.subject J24 en
dc.title The Role of Mothers and Fathers in Providing Skills: Evidence from Parental Deaths en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.neeo.contributor ADDA|Jérôme|aut|EUI70013
dc.neeo.contributor BJÖRKLUND|Anders|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor HOLMLUND|Helena|aut|


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