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Intergenerational mobility in the united states and great britain: A comparative study of parent-child pathways

Blanden, J, Haveman, R, Smeeding, T and Wilson, K (2014) Intergenerational mobility in the united states and great britain: A comparative study of parent-child pathways Review of Income and Wealth, 60 (3). pp. 425-449.

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Abstract

We build on cross-national research to examine the relationships underlying estimates of relative intergenerational mobility in the United States and Great Britain using harmonized longitudinal data and focusing on men. We examine several pathways by which parental status is related to offspring status, including education, labor market attachment, occupation, marital status, and health, and perform several sensitivity analyses to test the robustness of our results. We decompose differences between the two nations into that part attributable to the strength of the relationship between parental income and the child's characteristics and the labor market return to those child characteristics. We find that the relationships underlying these intergenerational linkages differ in systematic ways between the two nations. In the United States, primarily because of the higher returns to education and skills, the pathway through offspring education is relatively more important than it is in Great Britain; by contrast, in Great Britain the occupation pathway forms the primary channel of intergenerational persistence. © 2013 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Blanden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Haveman, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Smeeding, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wilson, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2014
Identification Number : 10.1111/roiw.12032
Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Blanden J, Haveman R, Smeeding T, Wilson K, Intergenerational Mobility in the United States and Great Britain: A Comparative Study of Parent-Child Pathways, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12032. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2015 16:22
Last Modified : 14 Oct 2015 16:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808868

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