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Upward Social Mobility, Well-being and;Political Preferences: Evidence from the;BHPS

Andrew Clark () and Emanuela D'Angelo ()

No 338, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: The paper uses 15 waves of BHPS data to provide an integrated analysis of the roles of both individual social status and upward mobility relative to own parents on job and life satisfaction, preferences for redistribution, pro-public sector attitudes and voting. Both greater individual social status and greater mobility with respect to parents are associated with higher levels of satisfaction. However, this symmetric effect disappears for political preferences. While greater social status is associated with less favourable attitudes to redistribution and the public sector, greater upward mobility is associated with more Left-wing attitudes. These attitudes translate into actual reported voting behaviour. Upwards social mobility produces satisfied Left-wingers.

Keywords: Inequality; Redistribution; Satisfaction; Social Mobility; Voting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C25 D31 D63 J28 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-ltv and nep-pol
Date: 2010-04
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