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- List of Contributors
- Equality: Its Justification, Nature, and Domain
- The Measurement of Economic Inequality
- Income Inequality in Richer and OECD Countries
- Functional Distribution and Inequality
- Wealth and Economic Inequality
- Top Incomes
- Inequality and Earnings Distribution
- Inequality and the Labor Market: Employers
- Inequality and the Labor Market: Unions
- Low Pay
- Gender and Economic Inequality
- Economic Inequality, Poverty, and Social Exclusion
- Inequality and Time Use in the Household
- Inequality and Happiness
- Health and Economic Inequality
- Education and Inequality
- Demographic Transformation and Economic Inequality
- International Migration, Ethnicity, and Economic Inequality
- Intergenerational Income Mobility and the Role of Family Background
- Intragenerational Inequality and Intertemporal Mobility
- Inequality and Economic Growth
- Globalization and Inequality
- Poverty and Inequality: The Global Context
- Economic Inequality and the Welfare State
- The Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution
- Prospects for Achieving Equality in Market Economies
Abstract and Keywords
This article deals with the transmission of economic inequality from one generation to the next. Section 2 presents a theoretical discussion of the mechanisms that may explain the associations between income and family background. Section 3 discusses the income concepts used in this research. Section 4 explains the measures used to describe family associations in income while Section 5 offers a cross-national overview of recent estimates of family associations. Section 6 presents evidence on whether parental income has a causal impact on offspring. In Section 7 we report results from a variety of approaches to uncover what underlies associations between income and family background. Section 8 concludes and offers some advice for future research.
Anders Björklund is Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University. He is an empirically oriented labor economist with a strong focus on his own country, Sweden, but often in a comparative perspective. His research has focused on topics such as the consequences of unemployment and labor-market programs, income and earnings inequality, and intergenerational mobility.
Markus Jäntti, Professor of Economics, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University.
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