Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/167568
Authors: 
Neidhöfer, Guido
Serrano, Joaquín
Gasparini, Leonardo
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, School of Business & Economics: Economics 2017/20
Abstract: 
The causes and consequences of the intergenerational persistence of inequality are a topic of great interest among various fields in economics. However, until now, issues of data availability have restricted a broader and cross-national perspective on the topic. Based on rich sets of harmonized household survey data, we contribute to filling this gap computing time series for several indexes of relative and absolute intergenerational education mobility for 18 Latin American countries over 50 years, and making them publicly available. We find that intergenerational mobility has been rising in Latin America, on average. This pattern seems to be driven by the high upward mobility of children from low-educated families; at the same time, there is substantial immobility at the top of the distribution. Significant cross-country differences are observed and are associated with income inequality, poverty, economic growth, public educational expenditures and assortative mating.
Subjects: 
inequality
intergenerational mobility
equality of opportunity
transition probabilities
assortative mating
education
human capital
Latin America
JEL: 
D63
I24
J62
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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