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Intergenerational earnings mobility in France: Is France more mobile than the U.S.?

  • Arnaud LEFRANC, Alain TRANNOY -
  • Alain TRANNOY

This paper examines the extent and evolution of intergenerational earnings mobility in France. We use data from five waves of the French Education-Training-Employment (FQP) surveys covering the period 1964 to 1993. Our estimation procedure follows Björklund and Jäntti (1997)'s two-sample instrumental variable method. On our samples, the elasticity of son's (respectively daughter's) long-run income with respect to father's long run income is around .4 (resp. .3) with no significant change over the period under scrutiny. Comparing these estimates to results obtained from other studies suggests that intergenerational mobility is higher in France than in the United States and United Kingdom and lower than in Scandinavian countries.

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Volume (Year): (2005)
Issue (Month): 78 ()
Pages: 57-77

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