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Intergenerational mobility and the rise and fall of inequality: Lessons from Latin America

Guido Neidhöfer ()

No 2016/3, Discussion Papers from Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics

Abstract: Countries with high income inequality also show a strong association between parents´ and children´s economic well-being; i.e. low intergenerational mobility. This study is the first to test this relationship in a between and within country setup, using harmonized micro data from 18 Latin American countries spanning multiple cohorts. It is shown that experiencing higher inequality in childhood has a negative effect on intergenerational mobility as adults. Furthermore, the influence of economic growth and public education is evaluated: both have a positive, significant, and substantial effect on intergenerational mobility.

Keywords: inequality; intergenerational mobility; equality of opportunity; human capital; growth; development; public education; Great Gatsby Curve; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I24 J62 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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