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Intergenerational Mobility in Britain: Evidence from Unemployment Patterns

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  • O'Neill, Donal
  • Sweetman, Olive

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Recent papers have examined the intergenerational transmission of well-being by looking at the relationship between parents' and children's income. However, by concentrating on those who are working these studies exclude some of the very poorest in society, the unemployed. In this paper, the authors extend the empirical work on intergenerational welfare in the United Kingdom by looking at the links between fathers' and sons' unemployment histories. Using an approach which takes account of both incidence and intensity of son's unemployment, they provide further evidence showing that parental background is an important determinant of a child's future welfare. A son whose father was unemployed twenty years earlier is almost twice as likely to be unemployed as a son whose father was not unemployed. Furthermore, this dependency remains significant after controlling for a range of son's characteristics including education, ability and family composition. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 60 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 431-47

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  1. Olivier Pintelon & Bea Cantillon & Karel Van den Bosch & Christopher T. Whelan, 2011. "The Social Stratification of Social Risks," Working Papers, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp 1104, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
  2. Michael Kind & John P. Haisken-DeNew, 2012. "Sons' Unexpected Long Term Scarring Due to Fathers' Unemployment," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2012n21, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  3. Han, Song & Mulligan, Casey B, 2001. "Human Capital, Heterogeneity and Estimated Degrees of Intergenerational Mobility," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 111(470), pages 207-43, April.
  4. Bjorn, Gustafsson & Gustafsson, Bjorn & Osterberg, Torun & Corak, Miles, 2001. "Intergenerational Influences on the Receipt of Unemployment Insurance in Canada and Sweden," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2001159e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  5. Bea Cantillon, 2012. "GINI DP 52: Virtuous Cycles or Vicious Circles? The Need for an EU Agenda on Protection, Social Distribution and Investment," GINI Discussion Papers, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies 52, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
  6. Ekhaugen, Tyra, 2005. "Extracting the causal component from the intergenerational correlation in unemployment," Memorandum, Oslo University, Department of Economics 21/2005, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  7. Cecil Mlatsheni & Sandrine Rospabé, 2002. "An Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of the Clothing and Textile Industry in SADC," Working Papers, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit 02065, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  8. Lindsey Macmillan, 2013. "The role of non-cognitive and cognitive skills, behavioural and educational outcomes in accounting for the intergenerational transmission of worklessness," DoQSS Working Papers, Department of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London 13-01, Department of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London.
  9. Thomas Siedler, 2007. "Does Parental Unemployment Cause Right-Wing Extremism?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 666, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  10. Olivier Pintelon & Bea Cantillon & Karel Van den Bosch & Christopher T. Whelan, 2011. "The Social Stratification of Social Risks: Class and Responsibility in the 'New' Welfare State," Working Papers, Geary Institute, University College Dublin 201123, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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  12. Tyra Ekhaugen, 2009. "Extracting the causal component from the intergenerational correlation in unemployment," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 97-113, January.
  13. Nicolas Hérault & Guyonne Kalb, 2009. "Intergenerational Correlation of Labour Market Outcomes," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2009n14, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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