IZA Discussion Paper No. 10300

October 2016


The Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital and

Earnings in Contemporary Russia *

We make use of longitudinal data for the Russian economy over 1994-2013 to obtain

earnings and education information about parents and children. We estimate the

intergenerational transmission of educational attainment and earning capacity and find high

intergenerational correlation of earnings for both sons and daughters independently of

educational qualifications. We attribute them to the impact of informal networks. We also find

high correlation of educational qualifications but with critical variations due to labour market

conditions. At the time of transition around 1990 children’s educational attainment fell well

below parents but recovered a decade later when the economy was booming.

JEL Classification:

J21, J23, J24, J62, O15


human capital, intergenerational education mobility,

intergenerational earnings elasticity, Russia

Corresponding author:

Christopher A. Pissarides

Department of Economics

London School of Economics

Houghton Street



United Kingdom

E-mail: c.pissarides@lse.ac.uk


This paper was written at the Growth Laboratory of the St.-Petersburg State University. We are

grateful to Otar Marganiya, the Dean of the Business School, for his support and to the other members

of the Laboratory for helpful interactions.

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