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Do birth order and family size matter for intergenerational income mobility? Evidence from Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2008 (English)In: Applied Economics, ISSN 0003-6846, E-ISSN 1466-4283, Vol. 40, no 17, 2239-2257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies of intergenerational income mobility have not considered potential birth-order or family-size effects in the estimated income elasticity. This article uses a large sample of individuals born between 1962 and 1964; income elasticities with respect to parents’ incomes are estimated for individuals with different birth-order positions and family sizes. Results based on labour income and total income for sons and daughters are reported separately. The elasticity tends to decrease with family size as well as with birth order for a given family size, especially in the labour-income analysis of fathers and sons.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 17, 2239-2257 p.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14422DOI: 10.1080/00036840600949421OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-14422DiVA: diva2:180942
Available from: 2008-09-22 Created: 2008-09-22 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Family Background and Individual Achievement: Essays in Empirical Labour Economics
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Do birth order and family size matter for intergenerational income mobility? Evidence from Sweden.

Previous studies of intergenerational income mobility have not considered potential birth- order or family-size effects in the estimated income elasticity. This paper estimates the intergenerational income elasticity by birth-order position and family size. The main finding of this paper is that the elasticity tends to decrease with birth order for a given family size, especially for fathers and sons.

A comparison of family and neighborhood effects on grades, test scores, educational attainment and income. Evidence from Sweden.

This paper compares sibling and neighborhood correlations in school performance, educational attainment and income as a way to learn whether the neighborhood where a child grows up in might explain parts of the sibling similarities found in previous sibling correlation studies. The results show that living in the same neighborhood does not seem to add much to the sibling similarity.

What More Than Parental Income? An exploration of what Swedish siblings get from their parents.

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, 2008. 22 p.
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Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 75
Keyword
Siblings, income, family background
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8303 (URN)978-91-7155-772-8 (ISBN)
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2008-12-05, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 14-18, Stockholm, 10:00
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Available from: 2008-11-13 Created: 2008-11-13 Last updated: 2012-06-29Bibliographically approved

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