More Equal But Less Mobile?: Education Financing and Intergenerational Mobility in Italy and in the United States

CEPR Discussion Paper Series No. 1496

Posted: 20 Dec 1996

See all articles by Aldo Rustichini

Aldo Rustichini

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics

Andrea Ichino

University of Bologna

Daniele Checchi

Università degli Studi di Milano - Dipartimento di Economia Politica e Aziendale (DEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; IRVAPP

Date Written: October 1996

Abstract

A state school system should be expected to reduce income inequality and to make intergenerational mobility easier. It is therefore somewhat surprising to observe that Italy, in comparison to the United States, displays less inequality between occupational incomes but lower intergenerational upward mobility, not only between occupations but also between education levels. In this paper we provide evidence on this empirical puzzle and offer a theoretical explanation building around the idea that even if in Italy moving up on the social ladder is easier, the incentive to move may be lower, making mobility less likely.

JEL Classification: I22, J62

Suggested Citation

Rustichini, Aldo and Ichino, Andrea and Checchi, Daniele, More Equal But Less Mobile?: Education Financing and Intergenerational Mobility in Italy and in the United States (October 1996). CEPR Discussion Paper Series No. 1496. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3848

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