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Intergenerational wealth mobility and the role of inheritance: Evidence from multiple generations

Adrian Adermon, Mikael Lindahl () and Daniel Waldenström

No 11456, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This study estimates intergenerational correlations in mid-life wealth across three generations, and a young fourth generation, and examines how much of the parent-child association that can be explained by inheritances. Using a Swedish data set we find parent-child rank correlations of 0.3-0.4 and grandparents-grandchild rank correlations of 0.1-0.2. Conditional on parents' wealth, grandparents' wealth is weakly positively associated with grandchild's wealth and the parent-child correlation is basically unchanged if we control for grandparents' wealth. Bequests and gifts strikingly account for at least 50 per cent of the parent-child wealth correlation while earnings and education are only able to explain 25 per cent.

Keywords: Income mobility; inequality; Inheritance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-08
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