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Title: Choosing the Right Parents: Changes in the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality Between the 1970s and the Early 1990s
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1. Levine, David I.
Choosing the Right Parents: Changes in the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality Between the 1970s and the Early 1990s
Working Paper No. 72 (iirwps-072-99), Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California - Berkeley, November 19, 1999.
Also: http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=iir
Cohort(s): NLSY79, Young Men
Publisher: Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley
Keyword(s): Educational Attainment; Family Background; General Social Survey (GSS); Mothers, Education; Occupational Status; Wages, Young Men; Wealth

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This paper uses the General Social survey and the comparison between the National Longitudinal Survey of Young Men and of Youth to measure how returns to young men's family background have changed from the late 1970's to the late 1980's and early 1990's. Coming from a wealthy family and having a well-educated father who worked in a high-prestige occupation were much more powerful predictors of a young man's success in the later period. In contrast, maternal education was less important in determining a young man's income and educational attainment. Rising returns to education coupled with a constant relation between family background and education explains most of the rising importance of family background.
Bibliography Citation
Levine, David I. "Choosing the Right Parents: Changes in the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality Between the 1970s and the Early 1990s." Working Paper No. 72 (iirwps-072-99), Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California - Berkeley, November 19, 1999.