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Do Poor Children Become Poor Adults? Lessons from a Cross Country Comparison of Generational Earnings Mobility

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  • Corak, Miles

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    (University of Ottawa)

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A cross country comparison of generational earnings mobility is offered, and the reasons for the degree to which the long run labour market success of children is related to that of their parents is examined. The rich countries differ significantly in the extent to which parental economic status is related to the labour market success of children in adulthood. The strength of these associations should not be interpreted as offering a target or menu for the conduct of policy. A framework for understanding the underlying causal process as well as the conception of equality of opportunity is reviewed as a guide for public policy.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1993.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published in: Research on Economic Inequality, 2006, 13 (1), 143-188
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