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Heredity, Family, and Inequality: A Critique of Social Sciences

Michael Beenstock


Empirical literature in disciplines ranging from behavioral genetics to economics shows that in virtually every aspect of life, the outcomes of children are correlated to a greater or lesser extent with the outcomes of their parents and their siblings. This book offers theoretical, statistical, and methodological tools for understanding these correlations. It presents a comprehensive survey of intergenerational and sibling correlations for a broad range of outcomes—including fertility and longevity, intelligence and education, income and consumption, and deviancy and religiosity. It then offer ... More

Keywords: behavioral genetics, sibling correlations, fertility, longevity, intelligence, education, income, consumption, deviancy, religiosity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016926
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Beenstock, author