Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 97–113 | Cite as

Extracting the causal component from the intergenerational correlation in unemployment

  • Tyra Ekhaugen
Original Paper


This paper examines the intergenerational correlation in unemployment in Norway and discusses and estimates two approaches for extracting the causal component: sibling differences and the use of parental unemployment occurring after the child’s outcome as control for the unobserved family heterogeneity. Confirming existing evidence, I find a substantial intergenerational correlation in unemployment. Almost half of this is due to observed family heterogeneity. The causal effect is found to be statistically insignificant by both identification strategies, but while the estimated effect is negative on the sample made for the sibling-difference approach, this finding is not replicated on a less selective sample.


Intergenerational mobility Unemployment Sibling estimators 

JEL Classifications

J62 J64 



This paper is part of the project “Mobilizing Labour Force Participation”, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. I would like to thank Knut Røed, Oddbjørn Raaum, Steinar Strøm and two anonymous referees for their valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic ResearchOsloNorway

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