Intergenerational Income Mobility in Sweden: A Look at the Spatial Disparities Across Cities

30 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020

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Alessandra Michelangeli

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS)

John Östh

Uppsala University

Umut Türk

Abdullah Gül University-Departmant of Economics

Date Written: May 30, 2020

Abstract

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of intergenerational income mobility in Sweden. Intergenerational income mobility is considered in both relative and absolute terms, and the analysis is carried out at the individual and municipality-level. We use multilevel models to explore the correlation between upward mobility and social, economic, and demographic characteristics of cities. The analyses is carried out on three subpopulations: offspring who live in a different municipality than their parents (mobile population); offspring who live in the municipality where they grew up (immobile population); offspring belonging to visible minority groups. Our results confirm those of previous studies showing a relatively high intergenerational mobility in Sweden compared to other European and North American countries. Substantial differences are observed across municipalities meaning that the particular combination of municipality attributes contributes to shaping the chance of status attainment among young generations. Highly mobile municipalities have more significant human capital, more residential segregation by income, more income inequality, and greater accessibility to jobs.

Keywords: Intergenerational social mobility; multilevel models; cities

JEL Classification: J62; R11; R12

Suggested Citation

Michelangeli, Alessandra and Östh, John and Türk, Umut, Intergenerational Income Mobility in Sweden: A Look at the Spatial Disparities Across Cities (May 30, 2020). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 443, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614413

Alessandra Michelangeli (Contact Author)

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John Östh

Uppsala University ( email )

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Umut Türk

Abdullah Gül University-Departmant of Economics ( email )

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Turkey

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