Correlating social mobility and economic outcomes

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Description

Measuring intergenerational mobility and understanding its drivers is key to removing the obstacles to equal opportunities and assuring a level playing field in access to jobs and education. This column uses the informational content of Italian surnames to show that social mobility varies greatly across regions in the country, and that it correlates positively with economic activity, education and social capital, and negatively with inequality. The findings suggest that policies and political institutions are unlikely to be the main drivers of geographical differences in social mobility.

Period26 Nov 2018

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  • TitleCorrelating social mobility and economic outcomes
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletVOX CEPR Policy Portal
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date26/11/18
    DescriptionMeasuring intergenerational mobility and understanding its drivers is key to removing the obstacles to equal opportunities and assuring a level playing field in access to jobs and education. This column uses the informational content of Italian surnames to show that social mobility varies greatly across regions in the country, and that it correlates positively with economic activity, education and social capital, and negatively with inequality. The findings suggest that policies and political institutions are unlikely to be the main drivers of geographical differences in social mobility.
    PersonsMaia Guell, Michele Pellizzari, Giovanni Pica, Sevi Rodriguez Mora

Keywords

  • Intergenerational Mobility
  • Italy
  • Great Gatsby curve
  • social mobility