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Journal Article

Intergenerational mobility and marital sorting

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Publication date

2006

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% 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.

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Economic Journal

Volume and page numbers

116 , 659 -679

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2006.01105.x

Subjects

Economics, Family Formation And Dissolution, and Social Mobility

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/search/sECONOMIC+JOURNAL/seconomic+journal/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/exact&FF=seconomic+journal&1%2C2%2C/indexsort=-

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