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Intergenerational Economic Mobility and Assortative Mating

Ermisch, J and Francesconi, M and Siedler, T (2004) Intergenerational Economic Mobility and Assortative Mating. UNSPECIFIED. DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, Discussion Papers 448..

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Abstract

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 percent 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.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intergenerational links; Marriage market; Assortative mating; Occupational prestige
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 11:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2606

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