Understanding Intergenerational Transmissions - A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (UNITRAN)

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Project period: 2013-2018

The aim of the UNITRAN project was to provide a better understanding of intergenerational transmissions. Although we know that children resemble their parents with regard to many socioeconomic outcomes, we have little understanding of why this is the case. Rooted in sociology, the UNITRAN project combined ideas from sociology and economics to provide a better approach to analyzing the causes and consequences of intergenerational transmissions.

The project was innovative both theoretically and empirically. Theoretically, it combined formal models of intergenerational transmissions in economics with theories in sociology that conceptualized a wide range of family factors that might affect children’s outcomes. Empirically, it used high-quality data and econometric methods to describe intergenerational associations and to estimate the causal effect of parental resources and behaviors on child outcomes.




































The project was funded by:

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UNITRAN has received funding from European Research Council

Project: UNITRAN (ERC-2012-STG-312906)
PI: Mads Meier Jæger
Start: 2013
End: 2018


Name Title Phone E-mail
Jæger, Mads Meier Professor +4535323284 E-mail
Karlson, Kristian Bernt Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535321588 E-mail