Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in India

49 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013

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Mehtabul Azam

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: June 29, 2013

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the intergenerational occupational mobility in India among men born during 1945-85. Following Long and Ferrie (2013, American Economic Review), we not only distinguish between prevalence and association, but also use the Altham Statistics --- which involves comparison of all possible odds ratios --- as measure of distance between son-father occupation associations across cohorts. We extend the analysis to the differences in mobility across social groups, and attempt to isolate the specific odds ratios that account for the largest part of the difference. We find no evidence of difference in mobility in successive ten year birth cohorts; however, looking at the longer time period (birth cohort 1945-54 vs. 1975-84), we find that the mobility in the 1975-84 birth cohort is higher than the mobility in the 1945-54 birth cohort. Although the mobility among Scheduled Castes/Tribes (SC/STs) in the birth cohort 1945-64 was not different than the mobility observed in the entire 1945-64 birth cohort, SC/STs born during 1965-84 experienced a higher mobility when compared with the entire 1965-84 birth cohort. Similarly, when compared with the higher castes, SC/STs experienced lower mobility in the 1945-64 birth cohort; however, the mobility among SC/STs has been higher than the mobility among higher castes in the 1965-84 birth cohort.

Keywords: Intergenerational Mobility, Occupation, India, Caste

JEL Classification: J62

Suggested Citation

Azam, Mehtabul, Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in India (June 29, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2287215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2287215

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