Inequality and Social Status in Successive Generations

Part of the Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Applied Econometrics book series (ASTA, volume 25)


This paper attempts to model transition probabilities of intergenerational occupational mobility for British and Danish data. A bivariate normal status distribution is tried but rejected. A simple bivariate Gumbel model, with only one unknown parameter that determines the social mobility process, appears to provide a satisfactory fit for both sets of data.


Status Distribution Status Group Bivariate Normal Distribution Occupational Mobility Exchange Matrix 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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