Ethnic and Gender Differences in Intergenerational Mobility: A Study of 26-Year-Olds in the USA

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Anh Ngoc Nguyen

Lancaster University

Getinet A. Haile

Policy Studies Institute (PSI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Mannheim

Jim Taylor

Lancaster University

Abstract

This paper uses the traditional income framework and a non-monetary framework to estimate intergenerational mobility in economic status for a sample of 26-year-old whites, blacks and Hispanics in the USA using data from the first and fifth sweeps of the National Educational Longitudinal Study (1988 and 2000). Intergenerational income mobility is found to be greater for males than for females, although there are differences between whites, blacks and Hispanics. Transition probabilities indicate that Hispanics are the most upwardly mobile in terms of educational attainment and occupational status. Ordered logits are used to estimate the impact of parental education and occupation on educational and occupational outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Nguyen, Anh Ngoc and Haile, Getinet Astatike and Taylor, Jim, Ethnic and Gender Differences in Intergenerational Mobility: A Study of 26-Year-Olds in the USA. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 544-564, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857815 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2005.00355.x

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