Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33302
Authors: 
Hammarstedt, Mats
Palme, Mårten
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1943
Abstract: 
We compare the intergenerational earnings mobility of immigrants with natives in Sweden. We find an overall convergence in average earnings between immigrants and natives. This convergence hides a divergence in average earnings between groups of immigrants with different ethnic origins. We find that, on average, immigrants have a lower intergenerational earnings mobility, also (on average) within groups with similar ethnic backgrounds. Immigrants with a relatively low intergenerational earnings mobility increased their average earnings more in the second generation, thereby supporting the idea that low intergenerational earnings mobility can be interpreted as a high degree of intergenerational transmission of human capital.
Subjects: 
intergenerational income mobility
intergenerational earnings correlation
Becker-Tomes model
ethnic capital
JEL: 
J15
J24
J61
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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