From Andreas Fagereng, Magne Mogstad, and Marte Rønning

Abstract: We show that family background matters significantly for children’s accumulation of wealth and investor behavior as adults, even when removing the genetic connection between children and the parents raising them. The analysis is made possible by linking Korean-born children who were adopted at infancy by Norwegian parents to a population panel data set with detailed information on wealth and socio-economic characteristics. The mechanism by which these Korean-Norwegian adoptees were assigned to adoptive families is known and effectively random. This mechanism allows us to estimate the causal effects from an adoptee being raised in one type of family versus another.

Here is a (possibly gated) link.  This seems to be one area where parenting really matters, namely financial attitudes.  Just like religion and politics, interestingly.

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Why do wealthy parents have wealthy children?


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