IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Class Struggle: Some Diluting effects of Inter-Generational Mobility


  • Raaj Sah
  • Philippe Renelle


Karl Marx viewed class struggles to be so central as to assert that all societal history was, and will in the future be, merely a succession of struggles between classes. Many authors have elaborated upon such themes within Marxist frameworks; some have used these as prisms to interpret various past events, especially outside North America. Our neoclassical analysis posits that the welfare of one’s own progeny matters to each individual. Taking this into account, each of the classes (namely, the poor and the rich) chooses how much resources to spend on influencing the stochastic outcomes of class struggle in their respective favors. These conflicts are depicted as non-cooperative games. An implication of the inter-generational concerns is that a society’s inter-class economic mobility across generations turns out to be a central determinant of the classes’ choices. Among the results that we present are that, in a society with greater class mobility: (i) the poor spend less on class struggle, (ii) the rich may spend less or more, but (iii) the probability of a successful class struggle is lower. Our analysis also suggests that class struggle might disappear altogether in societies with high levels of class mobility.

Suggested Citation

  • Raaj Sah & Philippe Renelle, 2003. "Class Struggle: Some Diluting effects of Inter-Generational Mobility," Working Papers 0301, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
  • Handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0301

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0301. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: Eleanor Cartelli (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.