Heritability of lifetime earnings

Ari Hyytinen, Pekka Ilmakunnas*, Edvard Johansson, Otto Toivanen

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Abstract

Using twenty years of earnings data on Finnish twins, we find that about 40% of the variance of women’s and little more than half of men’s lifetime labour earnings are linked to genetic factors. The contribution of the shared environment is negligible. We show that the result is robust to using alternative definitions of earnings, to adjusting for the role of education, and to measurement errors in the measure of genetic relatedness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-335
JournalJOURNAL OF ECONOMIC INEQUALITY
Volume17
Issue number3
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Earnings inequality
  • Genetics
  • Heritability
  • Twins

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    STN/Ilmakunnas

    Ilmakunnas, P.

    01/09/201531/12/2017

    Project: Academy of Finland: Strategic research funding

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