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Social Mobility in Italy since the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

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  • Antonio Schizzerotto

    () (University of Trent
    Irvapp, Trent)

  • Sonia Marzadro

    () (Opes, Trent)

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The article deals with the main features of social mobility processes in contemporary Italy and their changes during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Both absolute (intergenerational and career) mobility and patterns of associations between class of origin and destination in three birth cohorts are studied. The analyses confirm a quite modest shift towards greater social fluidity in the allocation of individuals among the different occupational positions. Nevertheless, ascription still prevails over achievement, and this prevalence is strengthened by the process of family formation, which is based on rather effective mechanisms of social closure.

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  • Antonio Schizzerotto & Sonia Marzadro, 2008. "Social Mobility in Italy since the Beginning of the Twentieth Century," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 98(5), pages 5-40, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:98:y:2008:i:5:p:5-40
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    1. Antonio Bassanetti & Matteo Bugamelli & Sandro Momigliano & Roberto Sabbatini & Francesco Zollino, 2014. "The policy response to macroeconomic and fiscal imbalances in Italy in the last fifteen years," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 67(268), pages 55-103.
    2. Raffaele Guetto & Loris Vergolini, 2016. "Educational expansion without equalization: social origins and children’s choice of the upper secondary track in Italy (1958-1989)," FBK-IRVAPP Working Papers 2016-01, Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP), Bruno Kessler Foundation.

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    Keywords

    intergenerational mobility; career mobility; social fluidity; occupational homo-heterogamy; log-linear models;

    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General

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