Research Paper Free University Berlin School of Business & Economics Discussion Papers 2016/22
Dynastic inequality compared: multigenerational mobility in the US, the UK, and Germany
Using harmonized household survey data, we analyse long run social mobility in the US, the UK, and Germany and test recent theories of multigenerational persistence of socio-economic status. In this country comparison setting we find evidence against Gregory Clark’s “universal law of social mobility”. In general, our results show that the long run persistence of socio-economic status tends to vary with the institutional context. Our findings on the existence of a direct and independent effect of grandparents’ social status on grandchildren’s status are mixed.