Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229236
Authors: 
Funjika, Patricia
Gisselquist, Rachel M.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2020/12
Abstract: 
The relationship between social mobility and inequality is well studied in the literature, but far greater attention has been paid to 'vertical' than to 'horizontal' inequality. This paper focuses on mobility and horizontal inequality between ethnic, racial, and culturally-defined groups. Not only is persistence in horizontal inequality due to low intergenerational mobility overall, it argues, it also is explained by the lower mobility of disadvantaged compared with advantaged groups in many societies. Group-based discrimination, among other factors, contributes. The paper further explores empirical data on this relationship across countries and shows how it may be especially problematic in the countries of the Global South.
Subjects: 
social mobility
horizontal inequality
ethnic inequality
intergenerational mobility
discrimination
JEL: 
D63
J62
J15
J71
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-769-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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