publication . Research . 2010

Do parents' social skills influence their chidren's sociability?

Okumura, Tsunao; Usui, Emiko;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Abstract
This paper examines the effect of parents' social skills on children's sociability, using the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79). This survey, like some other national surveys, lacks detailed information on parents; to remedy this deficiency, we construct a measure of parents' sociability skills based on their occupational characteristics from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). The sociability relationship varies across parents and children by gender, but remains statistically significant (especially between fathers and sons), even after controlling for a variety of other background characteristics.
Subjects
free text keywords: J24, J62, sociability, intergenerational correlations, occupational characteristics, ddc:330
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