Schooling and intergenerational transmission of human capital: evidence from a long historical panel

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We study the intergenerational transmission of economic status in Portugal during the first half of the 20th century, when the economy was poor and education levels were extremely low. We collect original administrative army records for males born in Portugal during this period, as well as their fathers, including measures of literacy, education and health. This information can be matched to subsequent administrative labour market records available for all workers in the private sector starting in the 1980s, allowing us to link earnings, education, literacy and health of male children, to the education, literacy and health of their fathers. During the period we study Portugal experienced a massive increase in education from a very low basis (75% illiteracy rates), driven by both a policy induced school expansion, and a rise in the demand for schooling, giving us a unique case study of intergenerational mobility in an economy in transition.

Funded by The British Academy
Short titleR:HSE schooling & intergenerat
Effective start/end date1/04/1931/07/20


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