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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 5 (August 2013)

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Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Great Britain and the United States since 1850: Comment

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Hout, Michael, and Avery M. Guest. 2013. "Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Great Britain and the United States since 1850: Comment." American Economic Review, 103(5): 2021-40.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.5.2021

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We reanalyze Long and Ferrie's data. We find that the association of occupational status across generations was quite similar over time and place. Two significant differences were: (i) American farms in 1880 were far more open to men who had nonfarm backgrounds than were American farms in 1973 or British farms in either century; (ii) of the four cases, the intergenerational correlation was strongest in Britain in 1881. Structural mobility related to, among other things, economic growth and occupational differentiation, affected mobility most in 1970s America.

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Hout, Michael (U CA, Berkeley)
Guest, Avery M. (U WA)

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J62: Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
N31: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
N32: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: U.S.; Canada: 1913-
N33: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: Europe: Pre-1913
N34: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: Europe: 1913-


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