Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129508
Authors: 
Neidhöfer, Guido
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, School of Business & Economics: Economics 2016/3
Abstract: 
Countries with high income inequality also show a strong association between parents´ and children´s economic well-being; i.e. low intergenerational mobility. This study is the first to test this relationship in a between and within country setup, using harmonized micro data from 18 Latin American countries spanning multiple cohorts. It is shown that experiencing higher inequality in childhood has a negative effect on intergenerational mobility as adults. Furthermore, the influence of economic growth and public education is evaluated: both have a positive, significant, and substantial effect on intergenerational mobility.
Subjects: 
inequality
intergenerational mobility
equality of opportunity
human capital
growth
development
public education
Great Gatsby Curve
Latin America
JEL: 
D63
I24
J62
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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