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Women and the Econometrics of Family Trees (WP-23-42)

José-Antonio Espín-Sánchez, Joseph Ferrie, and Christopher Vickers

The researchers present an econometric structure for the analysis of intergenerational mobility that integrates non-linearities, the role of maternal-side effects and the impact of grandparents. They show how previously estimated models are special cases of this general framework and what specific assumptions each embeds. Their analysis of linked U. S. data 1900–40 reveals the extent to which inadequate consideration of assortative mating and the impact of mothers produces misleading conclusions.

José-Antonio Espín-Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University

Joseph Ferrie, Professor of Economics and IPR Associate, Northwestern University

Christopher Vickers, Associate Professor of Economics, Auburn University

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