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Getting Stuck in the Status Quo Ante: Evidence from the Egyptian Economy

Ömer Tuğsal Doruk () and Francesco Pastore
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Ömer Tuğsal Doruk: Adana Alpaslan Türkeş Science and Technology University

No 15003, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this study, for the first time, to our knowledge, we use the propensity score matching algorithm to estimate the probability to remain 'stuck in the status-quo ante' across generations in Egypt. We use repeated cross-sectional data relative to a 20-year period from 1998 to 2018 to build transition matrices of intergenerational occupational mobility. The findings of the econometric analysis hint at a low degree of occupational mobility, with children of fathers in the agricultural sector or holding a blue- or white-collar job remaining linked to the profession of their fathers in most cases and experiencing only rarely upward mobility from agricultural to blue- and white-collar jobs.

Keywords: intergenerational occupational mobility; status quo bias; propensity score matching; Egypt (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C35 D64 J24 J62 L16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 72 pages
Date: 2022-01
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