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The Role of Social Institutions in Inter-Generational Mobility

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  • Brian Nolan

    (School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin)

  • Gosta Esping-Andersen

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona)

  • Christopher T. Whelan

    (School of Sociology, University College Dublin)

  • Bertrand Maitre

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

Abstract

The primary goal of inter-generational mobility (IGM) research has always been to explain how and why social origins influence peoples’ life chances. This has naturally placed family attributes at centre stage. But the role of social institutions, most notably education systems, as a mediating factor has also been central to IGM theory. Indeed, generations of stratification research were premised on the core assumption that equalizing access to education would weaken the impact of social origins. In theory, policies, institutions, as well as macro-economic and historical context, have been identified as crucial in shaping patterns of social mobility (D’Addio, 2007). But apart from education, empirical research has contributed little concrete evidence on how this occurs.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201018.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 03 Mar 2010
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  3. Joachim R. Frick & Kristina Krell, 2010. "Measuring Income in Household Panel Surveys for Germany: A Comparison of EU-SILC and SOEP," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 265, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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