The family economics program covers empirical research on the economic behaviour of families, including labour supply and other related sources of time use, family formation and dissolution, fertility and child investment decisions, and intergenerational mobility of economic outcomes. The recent availability of large administrative data sources combined with family driven identification strategies (relying on twins, siblings and adoptees) has spurred our family research program considerably. 

Research in this area

The effect of income on religiousness, T. Buser, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics  (forthcoming)

Birth Order and Human Capital Development: Evidence from Ecuador, M. de Haan, E. Plug, J. Rosero, Journal of Human Resources 2014

The Causal Effect of Parent's Schooling on Children's Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods, H. Holmlund, M. Lindahl, E. Plug, Journal of Economic Literature 2011

The Origins of Intergenerational Associations: Lessons from Swedish Adoption Data, A. Bjorklund, M. Lindahl, E. Plug, Quarterly Journal of Economics 2006

Researchers working in this area

erikplug2 smallErik Plug (Professor, University of Amsterdam)

thomas smallThomas Buser (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)


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