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Intergenerational mobility in a mid-Atlantic economy: Canada, 1871-1901

Luiza Antonie, Kris Inwood, Chris Minns and Fraser Summerfield ()

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: This paper uses new linked full-count census data for Canada to document intergenerational occupational mobility from 1871 to1901. We find significant differences between Canadian regions and language groups, with linguistic minorities experiencing notably lower rates of intergenerational mobility. International comparisons place Canada midway between other economies in the Americas and the most mobile European societies. Decompositions of overall mobility show that the Canadian experience shared the New World feature of high mobility from manual occupations, but also the Old World feature of greater persistence in white collar jobs.

Keywords: Canada; intergenerational mobility; social mobility; linkage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J62 N31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2021-01
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