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The intergenerational mobility of liberal professions: nepotism versus abilities

Carmen Aina () and Cheti Nicoletti ()

No 2014-39, ISER Working Paper Series from Institute for Social and Economic Research

Abstract: By using university administrative and survey data on Italian graduates, we analyze the transmission of liberal professions from fathers to children. We assess the effect of nepotism and family networking, separately from other transmission channels, on the probability of choosing a degree that gives access to liberal professions, of obtaining a licensing and of starting a liberal profession. The results suggest that the effect of nepotism and networking is irrelevant on the degree choice, modest on the success rate at the licensing exam, but large and significant on the probability to start a liberal profession.

Date: 2014-11-04
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