Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34887
Authors: 
Grâdésòtayn, Marq
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3469
Abstract: 
The phenomenon of systemic changes in the fortunes of social groups is hard to reconcile with traditional macroeconomic models of intergenerational mobility. This paper, therefore, proposes a theory of endogenous reversal of fortune, whereby instilling strict work norms is an instrument to address moral hazard in poor families more so than in rich families, which is consistent with empirical regularities pertaining to work attitudes. The mechanism implies that hard-working children of the poor may eventually overtake leisure-prone children of the rich. This evolution, in particular, of work norms, is endogenously determined and is, therefore a better explanation of the rise and the fall of population groups than existing theories that rely on exogenous ability variations.
Subjects: 
Work norms
intergenerational income mobility
JEL: 
D31
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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