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The channels of intergenerational transmission of inequality: a cross-country comparison


  • Maurizio Franzini
  • Michele Raitano
  • Francesco Vona


Family background can influence offspring earnings in two ways: conditioning their educationalattainments (indirect effect) and circumscribing their opportunities in the labour market, independentlyfrom their educational attainment (direct effect). In this paper, following a multi-steps strategy, wedisentangle direct and indirect mechanisms analysing the association between background and several offspring'soutcomes (education, labour market achievements, earnings) and taking into account the attainmentgot in the previous step. We compare 8 EU countries - Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Ireland,Denmark and Finland -, in order to assess whether their very different performances about intergenerationalinequality could be related to different roles played by indirect and direct influences of family backgroundon children outcomes in various stages of their lives.

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  • Maurizio Franzini & Michele Raitano & Francesco Vona, 2013. "The channels of intergenerational transmission of inequality: a cross-country comparison," Rivista italiana degli economisti, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 201-226.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:jqat1f:doi:10.1427/73848:y:2013:i:2:p:201-226

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    1. Andrea Ciccarelli & Marco Di Domizio & Elena Fabrizi, 2017. "Some Remarks On The Causal Relationship Between Family Backgrounds And Neet Status," RIEDS - Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica - The Italian Journal of Economic, Demographic and Statistical Studies, SIEDS Societa' Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica, vol. 71(3), pages 71-80, July-Sept.
    2. Di Gioacchino, Debora & Sabani, Laura & Tedeschi, Simone, 2019. "Individual preferences for public education spending: Does personal income matter?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 211-228.
    3. Irene Brunetti & Davide Fiaschi, 2015. "Occupational Mobility across Generations: a Theoretical Model with an Application to Italy," Discussion Papers 2015/205, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
    4. Debora Di Gioacchino & Laura Sabani & Simone Tedeschi, 2016. "Differences in education systems across OECD countries: the role ofeducation policy preferences in a hierarchical system," Working Papers in Public Economics 177, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Economics and Law.
    5. Gabriella Berloffa & Francesca Modena & Paola Villa, 2014. "Changing Labour Market Opportunities for Young People in Italy and the Role of the Family of Origin," Rivista italiana degli economisti, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 227-252.
    6. Maurizio Franzini & Mario Pianta, 2015. "Four engines of inequality," LEM Papers Series 2015/20, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
    7. Irene Brunetti & Davide Fiaschi, 2021. "Occupational Mobility: Theory and Estimation for Italy," Papers 2104.01285,


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