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Occupations and the evolution of gender differences in intergenerational socioeconomic mobility

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This paper analyzes intergenerational mobility experiences of daughters and sons with respect to their fathers’ occupational status and documents changes in gender differences over time. While women have been in occupations with lower overall earnings potential, men are more likely to be in occupations characterized by long hours and low returns. The mobility gap in earnings has been closing and a mobility advantage with respect to education has been emerging.

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  • Schwenkenberg, Julia M., 2014. "Occupations and the evolution of gender differences in intergenerational socioeconomic mobility," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 348-352.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:124:y:2014:i:3:p:348-352
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.06.017
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    Keywords

    Gender gaps; Intergenerational mobility; Occupational choice;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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