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Intergenerational Social Mobility in Latin America: A review of existing evidence

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  • Viviane M. R. Azevedo

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    (Inter-American Development bank)

  • Cesar P. Bouillon

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    (Inter-American Development bank)

Abstract

This article reviews evidence on intergenerational social mobility in Latin America. Results indicate that mobility is low in the region, even when compared with the United States and United Kingdom, which rank low on social mobility. The evidence also suggests high levels of immobility at the income distribution’s lower and upper tails. While intergenerational education mobility have improved in recent decades, which may increase income mobility for younger cohorts, overall the region still presents lower intergenerational social mobility. Previous studies suggest that these results might be associated to social exclusion, low access to higher education, and labor market discrimination.

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Article provided by Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines in its journal Revista de Analisis Economico.

Volume (Year): 25 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (Diciembre)
Pages: 7-42

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Handle: RePEc:ila:anaeco:v:25:y:2010:i:2:p:7-42

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Keywords: Intergenerational social mobility; Latin America; inequality; social exclusion; education. Jel classification: D30; D60; I30;

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  1. Brunori, Paolo & Ferreira, Francisco H. G. & Peragine, Vito, 2013. "Inequality of opportunity, income inequality and economic mobility : some international comparisons," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6304, The World Bank.
  2. Guillermo Cruces & Marcelo Bérgolo & Andriana Conconi & Andrés Ham, 2012. "Are there Etchnic Inequality Traps in Education ? Empirical Evidence for Brazil and Chile," Working Papers PMMA 2012-05, PEP-PMMA.

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