The Channels of Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality: A Cross-Country Comparison

Posted: 30 Aug 2013

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Maurizio Franzini

Sapienza University of Rome

Michele Raitano

Sapienza University of Rome

Francesco Vona

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) - Department for Research on Innovation and Competition

Date Written: August 1, 2013

Abstract

Family background can influence offspring earnings in two ways: conditioning their educational attainments (indirect effect) and circumscribing their opportunities in the labour market, independently from their educational attainment (direct effect). In this paper, following a multi-steps strategy, we disentangle direct and indirect mechanisms analysing the association between background and several offspring’s outcomes (education, labour market achievements, earnings) and taking into account the attainment got in the previous step. We compare 8 EU countries – Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Ireland, Denmark and Finland – in order to assess whether their very different performances about inter-generational inequality could be related to different roles played by indirect and direct influences of family background on children outcomes in various stages of their lives.

Keywords: Social mobility, Intergenerational inequality, Parental background and children’s earnings, International comparison

JEL Classification: D31, I21, J24, J31, J62

Suggested Citation

Franzini, Maurizio and Raitano, Michele and Vona, Francesco, The Channels of Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality: A Cross-Country Comparison (August 1, 2013). Rivista Italiana degli Economisti, Vol. 2, August 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317249

Maurizio Franzini (Contact Author)

Sapienza University of Rome ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma, Rome 00185
Italy

Michele Raitano

Sapienza University of Rome ( email )

Via del Castro Laurenziano 9
Roma, Rome 00161
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/a/uniroma1.it/micheleraitano-eng/

Francesco Vona

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) - Department for Research on Innovation and Competition ( email )

250 rue Albert Einstein
Valbonne, 06560
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.ofce.sciences-po.fr/ofce/dric.htm

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