Correlating Social Mobility and Economic Outcomes

51 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Maia Güell

University of Edinburgh

Michele Pellizzari

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Giovanni Pica

Idep, facoltà di economia; University of Milan - Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM); University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); University of Naples Federico II - CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance

José Vicente Rodríguez Mora

University of Southampton - School of Social Science - Economics Division

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Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

We construct comparable measures of intergenerational mobility (IM) for 103 Italian provinces using the methodology of Güell et al. (2007, 2015a) and explore their correlation with a variety of social and economic outcomes. We find that higher IM is positively associated with economic activity, education and social capital and negatively correlated with inequality. Moreover, there is no clear pattern of correlation with other socio‐political variables. These results are qualitatively similar to Chetty et al. (2014), with the important difference that Italy is a highly centralised state where institutions and policies are ‘de jure’ the same in all provinces. This suggests that something beyond institutional and policy differences also shapes intergenerational mobility.

Suggested Citation

Güell, Maia and Pellizzari, Michele and Pica, Giovanni and Rodríguez Mora, José Vicente, Correlating Social Mobility and Economic Outcomes (July 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 612, pp. F353-F403, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3209012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12599

Maia Güell (Contact Author)

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University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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José Vicente Rodríguez Mora

University of Southampton - School of Social Science - Economics Division ( email )

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United Kingdom

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