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Intergenerational income persistence

Joanne Blanden

IZA World of Labor, 2019, No 176v2, 176

Abstract: A strong association between incomes across generations—with children from poor families likely to be poor as adults—is frequently considered an indicator of insufficient equality of opportunity. Studies of such “intergenerational persistence,” or lack of intergenerational mobility, measure the strength of the relationship between parents’ socio-economic status and that of their children as adults. However, the association between equality of opportunity and common measures of intergenerational persistence is not as clear-cut as is often assumed. To aid interpretation researchers often compare measures across time and space but must recognize that reliable measurement requires overcoming important data and methodological difficulties.

Keywords: intergenerational income mobility; equality of opportunity; data quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J62 D31 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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