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Intergenerational transmission in regulated professions and the role of familism

Omar Bamieh () and Andrea Cintolesi ()
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Omar Bamieh: University of Vienna

No 1350, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: We measure the extent to which familism accounts for the intergenerational transmission of jobs in regulated professions. Before 2004, local committees graded the Italian bar exams for lawyers, and after 2004, exams were randomly assigned to external committes for grading. We proxy for family ties with the number of successful candidates sharing a family name and law firm address with an already registered lawyer. We estimate that the number of new entrants with a family tie drops by at least 10 percent, while the number of new lawyers does not change, showing that familism accounts for an important part of the intergenerational transmission in our setting. While we do not find significant differences by gender, familism is stronger in areas with low social capital, which also feature lower rents from licenses.

Keywords: lawyers; regulated professions; familism. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J44 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-lab, nep-reg and nep-soc
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