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The Intergenerational Dynamics of Social Inequality: Empirical Evidence from Europe and the United States

SOEPpapers 588, 28 S.

Veronika V. Eberharter


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Based on nationally representative data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) we analyze the intergenerational transmission of economic and social (dis-)advantages in Germany, the United States and Great Britain. We test with the hypotheses that the extent and the determinants of intergenerational income mobility and the relative risk of poverty differ with respect to the existing welfare state regime, family role patterns, and social policy design. The empirical results indicate a higher intergenerational income elasticity in the United States than in Germany and Great Britain, and country differences concerning the influence of individual and parental socio-economic characteristics, and social exclusion attributes on intergenerational income mobility and the relative risk of poverty.

JEL-Classification: D31;J24;J62
Keywords: Social and economic inequality, intergenerational income mobility, poverty, social exclusion
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