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Path Dependence and Occupations

  • Maristella Botticini


    (Institute for Economic Development, Boston University)

  • Zvi Eckstein

    (Tel Aviv University)

Path dependence in occupations refers to the observed occupational distribution in a population or in a sub-population at a point in time that depends on changes that occurred years or centuries earlier. Path dependence in occupations can be the outcome of the cumulative concentration of certain productive activities in specific regions over time, it can emerge through the effect of parental income or wealth on offspring’s occupations and incomes, or it can be the outcome of group effects. Some historical cases are selected to illustrate the various mechanisms through which path dependence in occupations can emerge or disappear.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series with number DP-154.

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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Publication status: Forthcoming in the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
Handle: RePEc:bos:iedwpr:dp-154
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