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Transmission and inequality of wealth: an empirical study of wealth mobility from 1800 to 1938 in France

Luc Arrondel () and Cyril Grange
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Cyril Grange: CRM - Centre de Recherche Roland Mousnier Histoire et Civilisation - EPHE - École pratique des hautes études - UP4 - Université Paris-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: This paper endeavors to measure the intergenerational transmission of wealth inequalities over the 1800-1938 period. For this purpose, we have consulted historical data composed of wealth genealogies covering the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The database was created from families included in the "3,000 families" survey of those individuals residing in the Loire-Inférieure département. The empirical study reveals a relatively large degree of intergenerational immobility: those whose father had twice the average level of wealth themselves upon death leave behind 1.45 times the average wealth of their generation.

Keywords: Galton; Inequality; Inheritance; Wealth transmission (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-08
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Published in Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer Verlag, 2006, 4 (2), pp.209-253. 〈10.1007/s10888-005-9015-3〉

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