No. 2017-03 - Intergenerational class mobility in Europe: A new account and an old story

Date: 13 April 2017

Comparative research into intergenerational social mobility has been typically restricted to a relatively small number of countries. The aim of this paper is to widen the perspective, and to provide an up-to-date account of the rates of intergenerational class mobility for men, across 30 countries in Europe, using a newly-constructed comparative data-set, based on the European Social Survey. What emerges is that while absolute rates vary widely with national differences in the extent and pattern of class structural change, in the case of relative rates the striking feature is the degree of cross-national similarity. The only countries that have relative rates significantly different from those for the rest are ones with more unequal rates – i.e. lower levels of social fluidity. These countries fall into three groups...

Brian Nolan Marii Paskov Erzsébet Bukodi

Employment, Equity and Growth

No. 2017-03 - Intergenerational class mobility in Europe: A new account and an old story


Type: inet-working-paper

Bukodi, E., Paskov. & Nolan, B. (2017). 'Intergenerational class mobility in Europe: A new account and an old story'. INET Oxford Working Paper No. 2017-03.


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