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Intergenerational mobility in the 19th century: micro-level evidence from the city of Zurich


Favre, Giacomin; Floris, Joël; Woitek, Ulrich (2018). Intergenerational mobility in the 19th century: micro-level evidence from the city of Zurich. Working paper series / Department of Economics 274, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We analyze social mobility of decennial citizenry cohorts of Zurich born between 1780 and 1870. We categorize individuals according to their occupations and use different measures to show the level, change, and components of intergenerational mobility. Mobility was imperfect and weakly decreasing over time. Both level and change are driven by intergenerational persistence of occupations with a low socioeconomic position and low transition between low and high socioeconomic position.

Abstract

We analyze social mobility of decennial citizenry cohorts of Zurich born between 1780 and 1870. We categorize individuals according to their occupations and use different measures to show the level, change, and components of intergenerational mobility. Mobility was imperfect and weakly decreasing over time. Both level and change are driven by intergenerational persistence of occupations with a low socioeconomic position and low transition between low and high socioeconomic position.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:J62, N33, N34
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social mobility, occupational mobility, 19th century, Switzerland
Language:English
Date:January 2018
Deposited On:12 Jan 2018 16:54
Last Modified:12 Jan 2018 16:54
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:41
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp274.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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