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Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility

ISBN-13: 978-0871540317
ISBN-10: 0871540312
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In the last decade, the growing body of research by sociologists and economists showing that advantages in one generation are inherited by the next has clearly filtered through to policymakers who now consider economic mobility to be an important policy objective. Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting breaks new ground by probing deeper into the various factors over the life course that contribute to differences in intergenerational mobility across countries. The work in this volume advances our knowledge and will contribute to policy discussions going forward. --BHASH MAZUMDER, senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

This eye-opening collection of papers on cross-national research on social mobility is an invaluable contribution to the literature. It is no exaggeration to say that it is a must-read volume for students of stratification and the family. --FRANK F. FURSTENBERG, Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

That growing up poor does not mean one s children will be poor is a source of pride in America, the land of opportunity. But how does intergenerational mobility in education and income in the United States stack up against mobility in other advanced industrialized countries? What are the sources of differences across countries in rates of intergenerational mobility? What roles do public policies and social institutions play in leveling the playing field in particular countries? Making use of rich recent data from a variety of countries, Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting addresses these questions and provides striking and compelling evidence with important implications for debates about public tax and expenditures policies. --RICHARD J. MURNANE, Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Harvard Graduate School of Education

About the Author

TIMOTHY M. SMEEDING is director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

ROBERT ERIKSON is professor of sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University.

MARKUS JANTTI is professor of economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University.

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