A Comparison of Intergenerational Mobility Curves in Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Us

30 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017 Last revised: 19 Apr 2019

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Espen Bratberg

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Jonathan Davis

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy; University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Bhashkar Mazumder

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Martin Nybom

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Daniel Schnitzlein

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Hamburg

Kjell Vaage

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

We examine intergenerational mobility differences between Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the US. Using ranks, we find that the US is substantially less intergenerationally mobile than the three European countries and that the most mobile region of the US is less mobile than the least mobile regions of Norway and Sweden. Using a linear estimator of income share mobility, we find that the four countries have very similar rates of intergenerational mobility. However, when we use non‐parametric versions of rank and income share mobility, we find that the US tends to experience lower upward mobility at the bottom of the income distribution than Norway and Sweden.

Keywords: Intergenerational mobility, inequality

JEL Classification: D63, J62

Suggested Citation

Bratberg, Espen and Davis, Jonathan and Mazumder, Bhashkar and Nybom, Martin and Schnitzlein, Daniel and Vaage, Kjell, A Comparison of Intergenerational Mobility Curves in Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Us (January 2017). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, Issue 1, pp. 72-101, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12197

Espen Bratberg (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Davis

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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Bhashkar Mazumder

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Martin Nybom

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

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Daniel Schnitzlein

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Kjell Vaage

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