Do Poor Children Become Poor Adults? Lessons from a Cross Country Comparison of Generational Earnings Mobility

67 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2006

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

A cross country comparison of generational earnings mobility is offered, and the reasons for the degree to which the long run labour market success of children is related to that of their parents is examined. The rich countries differ significantly in the extent to which parental economic status is related to the labour market success of children in adulthood. The strength of these associations should not be interpreted as offering a target or menu for the conduct of policy. A framework for understanding the underlying causal process as well as the conception of equality of opportunity is reviewed as a guide for public policy.

Keywords: poverty, generational mobility

JEL Classification: D31, I132, J62

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles, Do Poor Children Become Poor Adults? Lessons from a Cross Country Comparison of Generational Earnings Mobility (March 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889034

Miles Corak (Contact Author)

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University of Ottawa

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