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Intergenerational propagation of inequalities in Italy: education, occupation, earnings


  • Michele Raitano


In this paper the process of intergenerational transmission of inequalities in Italy is analyzed by means of information collected in the ISFOL PLUS 2006 survey and considering parental occupation as the variable proxy of family background. Mechanisms of intergenerational propagation are assessed observing the association among parents' and offspring's occupations and analyzing the link between parental characteristics and children outcomes in two following stages concerning: i) educational and occupational attainments; ii) the existence of a further earning gap for people coming from different backgrounds, outcomes in the first stage being equal. Besides, it is inquired whether this possible earning gap is associated to the interaction of parental and offspring occupations or it is related to the channels of job search.

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  • Michele Raitano, 2011. "Intergenerational propagation of inequalities in Italy: education, occupation, earnings," Politica economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 345-374.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:je8794:doi:10.1429/36593:y:2011:i:3:p:345-374

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    1. Michele Raitano & Francesco Vona, 2015. "Measuring the link between intergenerational occupational mobility and earnings: evidence from eight European countries," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 13(1), pages 83-102, March.

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    Parental background and children's outcomes; wage gaps; social mobility; intergenerational inequality. J.E.L. Classification: D31; J31; J62.;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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