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Intergenerational Inequality: A Sociological Perspective

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  • Robert Erikson
  • John H. Goldthorpe

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When economists are concerned with the inheritance of inequality, they typically focus on the intergenerational transmission of income or wealth. In contrast, sociologists are more likely to analyze intergenerational mobility between (and immobility in) different class positions.

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  • Robert Erikson & John H. Goldthorpe, 2002. "Intergenerational Inequality: A Sociological Perspective," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 16(3), pages 31-44, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:16:y:2002:i:3:p:31-44
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/089533002760278695
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