More Inequality, Less Social Mobility

14 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2007

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Dan Andrews

OECD

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between inequality and intergenerational mobility. Proxying fathers' earnings with using detailed occupational data, we find that sons who grew up in countries that were more unequal in the 1970s were less likely to have experienced social mobility by the late-1990s.

Keywords: intergenerational mobility, income distribution, equality of opportunity

JEL Classification: D31, J62, N30

Suggested Citation

Andrews, Dan and Leigh, Andrew, More Inequality, Less Social Mobility (September 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1011695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1011695

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Andrew Leigh (Contact Author)

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ANU College of Business and Economics
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