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Three Meanings of Intergenerational Mobility

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  • Van de Gaer, Dirk
  • Schokkaert, Erik
  • Martinez, Michel

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We axiomatize three different motivations for being concerned about intergenerational mobility: mobility as a description of movement, as an indication of equality of opportunity, and as an indication of equality of life chances. These three motivations are shown to be incompatible. None of the existing measures is acceptable as an indicator of equality of opportunity or equality of life chances. We propose two new measures of intergenerational mobility which more adequately reflect these concerns. Copyright 2001 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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  • Van de Gaer, Dirk & Schokkaert, Erik & Martinez, Michel, 2001. "Three Meanings of Intergenerational Mobility," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 68(272), pages 519-537, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:68:y:2001:i:272:p:519-37
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