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Intergenerational mobility and marital sorting

Ermisch, J and Francesconi, M and Siedler, T (2006) 'Intergenerational mobility and marital sorting.' Economic Journal, 116 (513). 659 - 679. ISSN 0013-0133

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We use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and the British Household Panel Survey to estimate the extent of intergenerational economic mobility in a framework that highlights the role played by assortative mating. We find that assortative mating plays an important role. On average about 40-50% of the covariance between parents and own permanent family income can be attributed to the person to whom one is married. This effect is driven by strong spouse correlations in human capital, which are larger in Germany than Britain. © 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2006.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 10:28
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 22:15

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