Intergenerational transmission of disadvantage: mobility or immobility across generations?: a review of the evidence for OECD countries


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Author: D'Addio, Anna Cristina

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


This report surveys the research in OECD countries on intergenerational mobility, i.e. the extent to which key characteristics and life experiences of individuals differ from those of their parents. A number of findings emerge; (1) intergenerational earnings mobility varies significantly across countries; (2) education is a major contributor to intergenerational income mobility and educational differences tend to persist across generations; (3) evidence of intergenerational immobility extends to other outcomes. For example, occupations persist across generations and this persistence...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Culture and society; Equity; Income; Disadvantaged

Keywords: Social mobility; Socioeconomic background; Family; Educational background

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2007

Physical description: 113 p.

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ISSN: 1815-199X (online)

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 103.917

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