Mikkel Aagaard Houmark will present to the USC CESR Social Science Genomics Seminar on May 16, 2024, at 9:00 AM US/Pacific Time (6 PM Central European Time).


The presentation title is “Gender Differences in the Genetics of Skill Formation”.


Link to related article: The Nurture of Nature and the Nature of Nurture: How Genes and Investments Interact in the Formation of Skills


This paper studies the interplay between genetics and family investments in the process of skill formation. We model and estimate the joint evolution of skills and parental investments throughout early childhood. We document three genetic mechanisms: the direct effect of child genes on skills, the indirect effect of child genes via parental investments, and family genetic influences captured by parental genes. We show that genetic effects are dynamic, increase over time, and operate via environmental channels. Our paper highlights the value of integrating biological and social perspectives into a single unified framework.


BIO: Mikkel Aagaard Houmark is a postdoc at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, studying the genetic and social determinants of inequality. He is interested in human development, including genetics, skill formation, education, and well-being.



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