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Path Dependence and Occupations

  • Maristella Botticini
  • Zvi Eckstein

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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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Forthcoming in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
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