Research Handbook on Intergenerational Inequality


Research Handbook on Intergenerational Inequality

9781800888258 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Associate Professor of Sociology, INVEST Research Flagship Centre, University of Turku, Finland, Jo Blanden, Professor of Economics, University of Surrey, UK, Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology, INVEST Research Flagship Centre, University of Turku, Finland and Lindsey Macmillan, Professor of Economics, UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, University College London, UK
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 825 8 Extent: 468 pp
The Research Handbook on Intergenerational Inequality is motivated by a core question in social science: to what extent does one’s family background and childhood experience predict success in life? Bringing together experts in their respective fields from across the globe, this innovative Research Handbook provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary account of the rich research on intergenerational inequality, focusing on its origins in sociology and economics.

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The Research Handbook on Intergenerational Inequality is motivated by a core question in social science: to what extent does one’s family background and childhood experience predict success in life? This innovative Research Handbook provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary account of research on intergenerational inequality, focusing on its origins in sociology and economics.

Expert contributors explore patterns of intergenerational persistence, how mobility varies for different groups, and the processes through which intergenerational inequality is produced. Chapters cover a range of novel topics including the intergenerational reproduction of elites, parental joblessness and its intergenerational impact, and the role of migration for intergenerational mobility. Bringing together experts from across the globe and from a variety of social science disciplines, the Research Handbook campaigns for greater cross-fertilisation between disciplinary boundaries and encourages future researchers to develop a deeper understanding of current mobility in order to better inform and improve social policy.

This incisive Research Handbook will serve as a crucial reference point for researchers, scholars and students of social sciences, sociology, social policy, and economics. Its practical applications will also be highly beneficial for policymakers and practitioners working in social affairs.
Critical Acclaim
‘This Research Handbook collecting together sociological and economic approaches to the study of intergenerational inequality along with its drivers, provides a central source on intergenerational inequality in social science research. Written by top scholars, the breadth of the topics and the variety of disciplines covered will make this Research Handbook the central reference in the field.’
– Markus Jäntti, Stockholm University, Sweden

‘This is a timely and comprehensive treatment of how one’s fortunes in life depend on socioeconomic or class origin, arguably one of the most pressing issues in the study of inequality. It impresses through the extensive coverage of relevant studies and the list of authors, comprising experts in so many relevant sub-fields.’
– Jan O. Jonsson, Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK

‘The field of intergenerational inequalities and mobilities and the study of equality of opportunity across generations now spans all of the major social, behavioral and economic sciences. Those whose initial exposure comes from just one discipline will be disadvantaged unless they read this well-organized, easily accessible, and very useful guide to the broader literature.’
– Timothy M. Smeeding, University of Wisconsin–Madison, US

‘The economic study of intergenerational mobility has become much deeper and much wider since Gary Solon’s seminal research in the 1990s. Both early career scholars and more seasoned specialists will do well to use this book as a touchstone to appreciate these developments, the editors having done a remarkable job in organizing the many important aspects of this field into a coherent and informative whole.’
– Miles Corak, City University of New York, US
Contributors include: Tilbe Atav, Carlo Barone, Anders Björklund, Jo Blanden,, Vikki Boliver, Jack Britton, Queralt Capsada-Munsech, Marie Connolly, Gabriella Conti, Carlos A. Costa Ribeiro, Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, Lee Elliot Major, Jani Erola, Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Mathieu Ferry, Markus Gangl, Olaf Groh-Samberg, Sweta Gupta, Catherine Haeck, Marianne Nordli Hansen, Anthony Heath, Estelle Herbaut, Florian R. Hertel, Juho Härkönen, Mathieu Ichou, Ariel Kalil, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Lea Katharina Kröger, Sakari Lemola, Philipp M. Lersch, Yaojun Li, Mikael Lindahl, Kristina Lindemann, Maximilian Longmuir, Ineke Maas, Lindsey Macmillan, Bhashkar Mazumder, Alessandra Minello, Brian Nolan, Martin Nybom, Alberto Palacios-Abad, Giampiero Passaretta, Tuomas Pekkarinen, Lucinda Platt, Jonas Radl, Cornelius A. Rietveld, Rebecca Ryan, Marco Santacroce, Daniel D. Schnitzlein, Luke Sibieta, Jan Stuhler, Valentina Tocchioni, Moris Triventi, Hans van Kippersluis, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Falk A. C. Voit

1 Introduction: The economic and sociological approaches to studying the
intergenerational transmission of inequality: Similarities, differences
and convergence 1
Jo Blanden, Jani Erola, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen and Lindsey Macmillan

2 Intergenerational inequality in education 13
Vikki Boliver and Queralt Capsada-Munsech
3 Intergenerational transmission of human capital 27
Mikael Lindahl
4 Intergenerational social class mobility 42
Anthony Heath and Yaojun Li
5 Intergenerational income mobility 56
Martin Nybom
6 Intergenerational persistence of poverty 73
Brian Nolan
7 Intergenerational persistence of wealth 86
Philipp M. Lersch, Maximilian Longmuir and Daniel D. Schnitzlein
9 The intergenerational reproduction of elites 100
Christoph Houman Ellersgaard
10 Parental joblessness and its intergenerational impact 113
Kristina Lindemann and Markus Gangl
11 What do we know about the intergenerational transmission of health 128
Bhashkar Mazumder
12 Intergenerational inequalities across different outcomes: Comments
from a sociologist 142
Marianne Nordli Hansen
13 Intergenerational inequalities across different outcomes: Comments
from an economist 150
Anders Björklund

14 Differences across place in intergenerational income mobility 156
Marie Connolly and Catherine Haeck
15 The Great Gatsby Curve from a multidisciplinary perspective 170
Florian R. Hertel and Olaf Groh-Samberg
16 Intergenerational mobility from a historical perspective 184
Ineke Maas and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen
17 Intergenerational social mobility: The relevance of family and
labour-market dynamics for studying the mother-daughter line 200
Alessandra Minello & Valentina Tocchioni
18 Family influences on intergenerational inequality: Family dynamics and
birth order 214
Juho Härkönen and Marco Santacroce
19 The role of migration for intergenerational mobility 227
Mathieu Ferry and Mathieu Ichou
20 Intergenerational mobility and race 242
Carlos A. Costa Ribeiro
21 Themes and issues in the study of mobility and inequality across
different populations and contexts: A commentary on Part II 255
Lucinda Platt
22 Commentary on contextual and demographic dimensions of
intergenerational inequalities 264
Tuomas Pekkarinen

23 Genes and heritability in intergenerational transmission 270
Tilbe Atav, Cornelius A. Rietveld and Hans van Kippersluis
24 Pre- and perinatal influences on intergenerational transmission of inequality 285
Falk A. C. Voit, Sakari Lemola and Daniel D. Schnitzlein
25 How parenting contributes to intergenerational inequality 306
Ariel Kalil & Rebecca Ryan
26 Early childhood interventions to reduce intergenerational inequality 320
Gabriella Conti and Sweta Gupta
27 The role of education for social mobility 334
Moris Triventi and Giampiero Passaretta
28 School interventions to reduce intergenerational inequality 348
Jack Britton and Luke Sibieta
29 Decision-making mechanisms, information and educational inequalities 364
Carlo Barone, Estelle Herbaut
30 Non-cognitive skills and intergenerational inequality: Reviewing the
power of personality 377
Lea Katharina Kröger, Alberto Palacios-Abad and Jonas Radl
31 Commentary: How can policy reduce intergenerational inequality? 392
Lee Elliot Major
32 Commentary: Children, the gender revolution, and social mobility 400
Gøsta Esping-Andersen
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