The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony

 

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dc.creator Piraino, Patrizio
dc.creator Muller, Sean
dc.creator Cilliers, Jeanne
dc.creator Fourie, Johan
dc.date 2013-10-31T14:10:30Z
dc.date 2013-10-31T14:10:30Z
dc.date 2013-10
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:06:29Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:06:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier 978-1-920517-54-0
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/671
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/671
dc.description Evidence on long-term multigenerational dynamics is often inadequate as large datasets with multiple generations remain very uncommon. We posit that genealogical records can offer a valuable alternative. Rather than exploring the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status, we rely on birth and death dates of eighteenth and nineteenth century settlers in South Africa’s Cape Colony to estimate the intergenerational transmission of longevity. We find that there is a positive and significant association between parents’ and offspring’s life duration, as well as between siblings. Although these correlations persist over time, the coefficients are relatively small. While the effect of grandparents’ longevity on that of grandchildren is insignificant, the cousin correlations suggest that inequality in longevity might persist across more than two generations. We suggest that family and environmental factors shared by cousins, beyond grandparental longevity, can explain these results.
dc.description JEL Classification: J62, N37
dc.language en
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.relation SALDRU Working Papers;113
dc.subject Intergenerational mobility
dc.subject Longevity
dc.title The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony
dc.type Working Paper
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working Paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Intergenerational mobility KW - Longevity LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony TI - The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/671 ER - en_ZA


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