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

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dc.contributor.author Piraino, Patrizio
dc.contributor.author Muller, Sean
dc.contributor.author Cilliers, Jeane
dc.contributor.author Fourie, Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-05T09:46:26Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-05T09:46:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Piraino, P., Muller, S., Cilliers, J. and Fourie, J. (2014). The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape colony, Research on Social Stratification and Mobility, 35: 105–119 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0276562413000474
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/709
dc.description.abstract 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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Research on Social Stratification and Mobility en_US
dc.subject Multi-generational dynamics en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Socio-economic status en_US
dc.subject Cape Colony en_US
dc.subject Longevity en_US
dc.subject Inter-generational transmission of longevity en_US
dc.title The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape colony en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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