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Social class, family background, and intergenerational mobility: A comment on Mcintosh and Munk

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  • Erikson, Robert
  • Goldthorpe, John H.
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    McIntosh and Munk claim that the class schema developed by Erikson and Goldthorpe lacks validity and should not be taken as a basis for studies of intergenerational social mobility. Their paper is founded on a serious misconception of why the schema is in fact used by sociologists in mobility research and, for this reason, their test of its validity is essentially misdirected. In addition, the test itself is not carried out in an appropriate way nor, it would seem, with data of adequate quality.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 118-120

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:53:y:2009:i:1:p:118-120

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    Keywords: Social class Erikson-Goldthorpe class schema Social mobility;

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    1. Ying Liang & Yingying Yi & Qiufen Sun, 2014. "The Impact of Migration on Fertility under China’s Underlying Restrictions: A Comparative Study Between Permanent and Temporary Migrants," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 116(1), pages 307-326, March.
    2. Sarah Brown & John Sessions & Karl Taylor, 2004. "What Will I Be When I Grow Up? An Analysis of Childhood Expectations and Career Outcomes," Discussion Papers in Economics 05/2, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.

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